Friday, August 29, 2014

GMA Organises Exercise Right Path

13 June 2014. The Ghana Military Academy (GMA) has organised a one-day navigation exercise for Short Service Commission and Special Duties (CSSC/SD) intake 52.

The Exercise, which was code name “Right Path”, started from the University of Ghana campus on 13 June 2014 through Dormi and ended at Kwabenya.

It was aimed at testing individual fitness, as well as engendering competitive spirit among the cadets. In all, 30 cadets took part in the 2.5 kilometer navigation exercise.

Prior to the exercise, the instructors inspected Kits of the Cadets and ensured that they were properly fitted before the Cadets set off in five different syndicates.

Some of the Training Instructors who accompanied the cadets were:  Lt Col Michael Fiafor, the Chief Training Officer (CTO), Major Erick Annor, the Course Commander, and the Course Senior Non Commissioned Officer (SNCO) F/Sgt Kukubor Anthony.

Conflict and Crisis Management Course 14 Ends

11 June 2014. The Ghana Armed Forces, in collaboration with the University of Ghana and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), has organised a two-week course in Conflict and Crisis Management at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) in Accra for the various security services including National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and some Ministries

The course was aimed at providing participants with in-depth understanding of conflicts and internal crises management in order for them to be more effective, efficient and cohesive at such situations.

Addressing the participants at the closing ceremony, the interior minister, Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, said that the wave of ‘transitional’ threats, particularly the activities of non-state actors like terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, have called for collective efforts of stakeholders not only in Nigeria but also Africa as a whole to combat them.

Mr Ahwoi underscored the need for the inclusion of conflicts and crises management as part of the curriculum of tertiary institutions in the country. This, he explained, is the most effective way of imparting the knowledge of causes of crises and their management to the younger generation to better deal with conflict and crisis situations.

Mr Ahwoi noted that national disasters could be grounds for crises and conflicts if not well managed.  He, therefore, implored the participants to not only share the acquired knowledge with stakeholders in their respective organisations, but also apply it to the full benefit of their institutions and the nation at large.

The interior minister said that it is the desire of every government to achieve the best for its citizens, but competing demands in modern societies make it difficult for the attainment of such goals and objectives.  

Some of the topics treated at the course were: threats to national safety and security; human, ethical and moral dimensions of conflict and crises management; key organisations involved in crises and conflicts management; conflict and international crises management techniques, and create and reinforce links between personnel and agencies.

The Commandant of Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Air Vice Marshall Issifu Sakib Kadri, who supervised the course, on behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces, expressed gratitude to all the institutions that made it possible for the course to have come off successfully.

Chief of Army Staff Visits Military Academy and Training Schools

11 June 2014. The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Major General Opoku-Adusei has paid a working visit to the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Teshie on Wednesday, 11 June 2014.

Rear Admiral Bonsu, Commandant of MATS, briefed the COAS on the mission, organization, current training activities, ongoing projects and the challenges of MATS.  He said the primary mission of MATS was to mentor, train and empower members of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to carry out its core duty of defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ghana from internal and external aggression.

He also said MATS had fourteen schools and there were some current training activities such as the officer cadets training courses, sergeant majors training activities and the advance weapon training.

He cited some ongoing projects such as the MATS officers’ mess, the two- bedroom flat for officers and the academy hall which were 85% complete.

The Commandant touched on some challenges facing MATS such as logistics, accommodation, transportation, encroachment of military lands among others.

Major General Opoku-Adusei expressed gratitude for the warm reception given him.  He said his visit had given him a deeper insight of activities of MATS.  He also said he had taken note of all that were said and measures would be put in place to curb some of the challenges bedeviling Training Schools.

The COAS disclosed that a written proposal to produce a clothing manufacturing company had been sent to the minister for Defence for his perusal.

This, he said would solve the challenge of inadequate uniforms for troops and create some level of job opportunities for the unemployed.  He also seized the opportunity to urge them to continue their good work and added that it was a good thing for one to leave a good legacy wherever one worked for posterity sake.

2014 ECOWAS Combined Joint African Exercise (C JAX)

11 June 2014. The Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), has organized a three day seminar for the 2014 Economic Communities of West Africa (ECOWAS) Combined Joint African Exercise (C JAX) from Monday, 9 June to Wednesday, 11 June, 2014.

The aim of CJAX 2014 therefore is to train peacekeepers at the operational level in a joint, multi-national and inter-agency environment in order to promote synergy between ECOWAS Command and Staff Colleges in peace support operations.

It is also meant to ensure a better understanding of the challenges involved in planning and coordinating a complex multi-national peace support operations. 

In his closing remarks, the immediate past Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Christian Edem Kwablah Dovlo (rtd), noted that, West Africa sub-region and the African Continent is continually being confronted with issues of insecurity which are seemingly becoming more entrenched, complex and transitional and thus posing grave threats to not only national but sub-regional stability.

AVM Dovlo (rtd) said “the very natures of these threats and situation we face require the reshaping and sharpening of old skills, and the acquisition of newer ones to meet these peace and security challenges”. A major requirement for success will be the effective coordination and harmonization of the efforts of all countries, stakeholders, forging common understanding and sharing best practices.

AVM Dovlo (rtd) said it was his conviction that the participants have acquired the requisite capabilities to understand the theory, and therefore analyse and apply the underlying doctrine, principles and procedure involved in the planning and execution of integrated joint and combined operations.  He added that, participants must also be able to evaluate the nature of ECOWAS led military operations and the capacities that are applied in solving this crisis.

AVM Dovlo (rtd) congratulated all the participants for their enthusiasm and significant level of participation throughout the exercise. He urged them once again to take the newly acquired skills to their organizations and countries and endeavour to make a difference wherever and whenever deployed on a peace support operation.

Earlier, on Monday 9 June In his opening remarks, the Commandant of GAFCSC, Air Vice Marshall (AVM), Issifu Sakib Kadri welcomed all the participants and observers to the exercise.

Judging from the caliber and participants assembled, he envisaged a very lively exercise. The Commandant was very confident that all participants would come out better informed in the mechanics of planning and execution of peace support operations after the exercise. He counted on the collective support of all, particularly, the experiences of those who have been involved in peace support operations before to ensure that the exercise yielded the desired benefits.

AVM Kadri observed that, despite the efforts by the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) and regional bodies to nib conflicts in the bud, especially on the African continent, conflicts still do occur which require the deployment of UN troops as well as the AU and other sub-regional standby forces to minimize lost of lives and destruction of properties.

He noted that, today, the advanced countries are finding it difficult to provide personnel and material for peace support operations on the African Continent. It is therefore necessary for ECOWAS countries to continue to build capacity to enhance participation in UN missions as well as AU and ECOWAS Standby Force Operations.

To the external participants who are coming to Ghana for the first time, the Commandant asked them to enjoy their stay and hoped they go back to their various countries with fond memories of Ghana in general and GAFCSC in particular.

This year’s exercise saw a mix of participants and observers from the ECOWAS and African Conference of Commandants (ACOCS) as well as the Directing Staffs (DS) and students from Jaji Nigeria, Retired Generals, Defence Attaches from USA and Cote D’Ivoire and observers from Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), the Ghana Armed Forces and the Police Service.

Support Services Brigade Wins Boxing Competition

10-13 June 2014. The four-day Army Inter Command and Formation Boxing competition held in 3 Battalion of Infantry (3Bn), in Sunyani the in the Brong Ahafo Region, from 10 to 13 June, 2014 among Support Services Brigade, Southern and Northern Commands saw the Support Services Brigade immerging as the overall winner.

Addressing the closing ceremony, Maj Gen Richard Kwame Opoku-Adusei, the Chief of Army Staff, said that he was very much impressed with the high level of performance of the finalists in the various disciplines and congratulated all, especially the winners, for putting up a spectacular display.  He was certain that the objective of selecting a very formidable team to represent the Army in the forthcoming Inter-Services boxing competition had been achieved and was very confident that the team to be selected would not disappoint the Army.

He reminded the various competitors of the good number of national athletes that were unearthed through military sporting events and therefore, believed that the competition would go a long way in sharpening the skills of the competitors in both boxing and self defence which he said must not be used to molest their civilian counterparts rather, they must be used to compliment the effort of the Armed Forces at protecting and defending the nation.

The General also used the opportunity to congratulate the Support Services Brigade for emerging the overall winner with Northern and Southern Commands being first and second runners up respectively. Pte Yemofio Isaac and Pte Antieh Juliana, both from the Northern Command, emerged the best male and female boxers respectively. He also commended the officials for their fair but firm officiation which he said immensely contributed to the smooth conduct and success of the event.  He lauded the Commanding Officer 3Bn, Lt Col Edward Awarebey, for a well organised and successful completion of the competition in the face of all the challenges.

To grace the occasion were the Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon Justice Samuel Adjei, the Regional Police Commander, Maxwell Atingani, Brig Gen Sampson Adeti and Brig Gen Joseph Adu Boampong, General Officers Commanding (GOCs) Southern and Northern Command respectively. The support Services Commander was represented by Lt Col Thomas Mensah, CO BOD.  

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