Monday, August 29, 2016

Incoming FSM Advised to Uphold Tenets of Profession

17 June 2016. The Chief of Staff (COS), Brig General Sampson Kudjo Adeti, has advised the incoming Forces Sergeant Major (FSM), Chief Warrant Officer (CWO), Barker Ramous to uphold the tenets of the profession and not to hesitate to call on his predecessors when the need arises. He said this during the handing and taking over ceremony the Forces Sergeant Majors on Friday 17 June, 2016 at the forecourt of Burma Hall in Accra.

Brig Gen Adeti stated that, the outgoing Forces Sargent Major (FSM), Owusu Dickson began his journey on the hot terrain in Tamale in the year 1986, after undergoing six months Mandatory Basic Infantry training and was posted to 66 Artillery Regiment in Ho.

He said CWO Owusu Dickson served a total period of 30 years and six weeks in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF). He was promoted to the position of Forces Sargent Major (FSM), in 31 St May, 2013 as the fourth Forces Sergeant Major to ascend to the highly privilege appointment in the Ghana Armed Forces.

The Chief of Staff therefore on behalf of the Armed Forces Council and the Military High Command congratulated the outgoing FSM for his marvelous works. He also congratulated the incoming FSM for his promotion and entreated him to follow the steps of his successor. He urged him to maintain his relationship with the outgoing FSM.

COS noted that the work of the FSM was among others to advise, through the appropriate channel on administration of the Armed Force, particularly on matters affecting discipline, moral, and wellbeing of Soldiers, Ratings, Airmen and women, as well as their cordial relationship with the Officers. He therefore, urged the entire GAF to support the office of the FSM.

The outgoing FSM CWO Dickson in his remarks urged his colleagues Sergeant Majors, Warrant Officers and SNCOs to note that Rank was a badge of responsibility that the Military High Command had placed on them. He said it was therefore imperative for them to demonstrate total commitment and loyalty in the Armed Forces.

He also hinted that terrorism was imminent in the sub region nonetheless; soldiers should stay alert, be observant and report all incidents to Command promptly. Moreover, he also advised soldiers to remain disciplined, exercise self-control, obey rules and regulations, and also respect the Chain of Command in the Ghana Armed Forces.

The outgoing FSM advised that, with the advent of the social media, any unprofessional conduct would be reported and given wide coverage than the numerous good jobs soldier were doing, therefore, soldiers should performed their duties in a professional manner and remain apolitical during the upcoming elections.

Combined Joint African Exercise 2016 Ends

The Peace Operations Course and the ECOWAS Combined Joint African Exercise (CJAX) 2016 officially ended on Friday, 10 June 2016 at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC).

The course which run for two weeks had 65 participants who were trained with the requisite capabilities to analyze and apply the theory underlying doctrine, principles and procedures involved in the planning and execution of combined operations, evaluate the nature of ECOWAS led military operations and the capabilities that could be made available and demonstrate the skills required for effective group and team work.

It also sought to expose the participants to an advanced and critical understanding of peace operations as a concept and a practice in international system.
In his key note address, the Guest of Honour, Maj Gen Henry Kwami Anyidoho (rtd) disclosed that the changing landscape of armed conflict around the world has occasioned the shift towards integration of activities within peace support theatres with an increasing number of multi- dimensional task. These he noted include: humanitarian relief, stabilization operations, security sector reforms (SSR), support to reconstruction and economic recovery, governance and democracy restructuring among others.

Gen Anyidoho noted that the course would therefore provide the participants with the appropriate platform to better appreciate evolution of peace operations in response to changing conflict dynamics in contemporary times. Additionally it will draw attention and awareness to the command, staff and leadership challenges that participating in peace operation poses to personalities in strategic appointments and senior officers in command and staff position he added.

Gen Anyidoho also observed the knowledge gained would be relevant to the Ecowas and African Union (AU) concepts on standby forces. He commended the African Conference of Commandants for revamping the CJAX based on its unique objectives and acknowledged the tremendous efforts and collaborations between the Command and Staff College of Nigeria and Ghana in the simultaneous and successful organization of CJAX 016 which also embodied the exchange of Directing Staff and Students.


In view of the alarming rate of terrorist attacks and other security threats across the globe, Exercise Epic Guardian, a joint readiness exercise organized under the auspices of the Ghana and US Governments, was held in Ghana from 26 April to 4 May 2016. The objective was to test the preparedness of the various security services and agencies to effectively respond to possible security threats.

The Exercise which was hosted by the Headquarters Southern Command had participants drawn from the Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Police Service, BNI, National Security, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Immigration Service, NADMO, National Ambulance Service; making up the Ghana Team, and the US Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA); also making up the US team.

Speaking to participants during the opening ceremony, the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei urged all to take the training seriously. He stressed that the threat of terrorism in the country was real and should not be under estimated.  He also entreated participants to pass on the knowledge acquired to personnel of their various Units.

As part of the exercise, participants were made to react to simulated threats in terms of strategic planning and execution, intermediate support, logistics, intelligence and strategic communication, among others.

The exercise areas included the Headquarters Southern Command where the Joint Emergency Control Centre was located and Asutsuare Training Camp which was the Forward Operating Base.

During the After Action review led by Col Stone, leader of the US team, it was observed that the issue of communication stood out more. There were suggestions from both Ghanaian and US teams on the need to make provisions for secured communications and alternative communication systems and devices at all times. Participants further expressed the need for all teams to make available the meanings of code words, terminologies and abbreviations used in their various institutions to ensure effective and efficient communication.

In his Address, the US Ambassador to Ghana, HE Robert Jackson, who was the special guest at the closing ceremony, expressed delight at the efforts and coordination brought to bear by both teams with regards to the exercise. He stated that the mission of the US government in this exercise was to ascertain the readiness of both Ghanaian and US agencies in such situations. He said the performance exhibited by all indicates the preparedness of participating agencies in the wake of eventualities.

Mr Yaw Donkor, the Ghana National Security Coordinator, appreciated the support offered by the US in the exercise. He said the successful conduct of the exercise was an indication of both countries’ preparedness and commitment to fighting the menace. He admonished the Ghanaian agencies to localize all they had learnt to aid fit into the Ghanaian system for an effective and efficient result. He further promised to make logistics available to all agencies for the fight against terrorism and trafficking.

Also present at the closing ceremony were Brig Gen Musah Whajah, the Acting Director General Joint Operations of the Ghana Armed Forces, Colonel NK Kporku and top officials from the US Embassy.


A Student of New Horizon Special School Presents Citation to the Former Chief of the Defence Staff Vice Admiral Mathew QuashieThe Former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, has hosted students of the New Horizon Special School, to mark his 65 birthday celebration at his Roman Ridge residence on Wednesday, 8 June 2016.

It was a grand celebration with different array of dishes served under the ambient of child-friendly environment with music provided by the Mercury Band from the 1 Signal Regiment. The children were given enough room to play around, have fun and danced to the tunes provided by the band. In addition the children were given the opportunity to experience horse riding, which they did to the admiration of all.

In his welcome address, the former CDS stated that he has been a long associate of the special school and expressed his immense gratitude to the school authorities for their co-operation and acceptance to dine with him.

Head of school, Mrs. Vanessa Adu Akorsah, stated that, the school which has been in existence for forty-four years and is committed to taking care of individuals with intellectual challenges from ages three to sixty years.

Students of the special school presented a special birthday gift to the former CDS.

The reception brought together the Chief of Naval staff,(CNS), Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo, founder of the school, Mrs. Salomey Francois and teachers of the school.


The Director General for Logistics, Brig Gen Isaac Mensah Tetteh, has asked all personnel to be professional in their duties during this year’s elections.
He therefore urged all to make time to worship God notwithstanding the busy schedules characterized by the nature of the job.

Brig Gen Isaac Mensah Tetteh was speaking as the Guest of Honour for the Southern Command Non-Denominational Religious Service held at the Arakan Methodist Presby church on Friday 22 May, 2016. The Infantry Regiment was on the theme: “Grace, Love and Fellowship”

In the sermon by both the Imam and the Reverend Minister; Imam Hussain Hassan Yeboah and Rev Okpoti  Botwe, both stressed that God’s Grace and love and never based on any physical attribute or possession, therefore we must always respect, love  and treat everyone equally without regard to any physical attributes or worldly possessions.

The service was presided over by Rev Mrs Elizabeth Oduro Apenteng; the Resident Minister. At the service were retired Generals; Brig Gen Oppong-Kyekyeku and Brig Gen Oppong-Otchere. Also in attendance were the Commanding Officers of the various units under Southern Command Brigade and some traditional rulers.

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