Thursday, March 26, 2015

Camp Expo 2014

18-21 December 2014. The Rescue Mission, a non-governmental organization with the support of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has organized a four day exhibition dubbed “Camp Expo 2014” at the Nicholson Stadium, Burma Camp from 18-21 December 2014.

The sales Exposition (Expo) was geared towards creating a stress-free Christmas shopping for soldiers and their families and also offering goods and services at very moderate prices.  This brought in about 13 exhibitors such as MTN, UT Bank, AWEGA, GIHOC Distilleries, White Lain, Kasapreko Company Limited and others.

The Director General Training, Commodore Peter Kofi Faidoo, on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, officially opened the Expo and said this was the first of its kind and it will go a long way to enhance civil/military relationship. He lauded the organizers for bringing the business community to the door step of the soldier.

Ex SWOI Razak Yambe speaking for Rescue Mission, expressed their appreciation for GAF’s support and further requested that the military should partner the Rescue Mission and make the Expo part of its annual calendar of activities and replicate it in other garrisons across the nation.

Present at the opening ceremony were, Brig Gen Musah Whajah, Commander Support Services Brigade Group, Brig Gen DI Tetteh, Director General Personnel Administration, Colonel Seidu Mumuni, Acting Deputy Director General Training, Lieutenant Colonel Badiako, Director Physical Training and Sports, Lieutenant Colonel Eric Aggrey-Quashie, Director Public Relations and some officers, Men, Civilian Employees of GAF and members of the Business Community.

“Develop Yourselves” – Rear Admiral Bonsu

17 December 2014. The Commandant, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Rear Admiral EA Bonsu has urged personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to develop and educate themselves to avoid any menial jobs after service.

He said whilst in service, they should use the slightest opportunity to study and offer courses in the civil side and also offer the requisite courses in the military for promotion of ranks.

Rear Admiral Bonsu made these statements at the all ranks durbar held at the Academy Hall, MATS on Wednesday, 17 December, 2014. 

The Commandant thanked all personnel of MATS for their dedication and sacrifice to work throughout the year despite many challenges that they were confronted with. 

He added that they have been able to pull off all courses scheduled throughout the year despite the logistics constraints and he was very proud and thankful to all.

Rear Admiral Bonsu however stressed on the need to stay healthy by engaging in regular exercises, this he said would prolong one’s life.

Again he touched on time management and punctuality to work, urging all and sundry to avoid any unnecessarily absenteeism. He further noted that loosing of ID cards was very dangerous and one should be critical as to how to handle them since they were very important document.

Finally, Rear Admiral Bonsu admonished all personnel to be vigilant during the Christmas festivities in order to avoid any misfortunes or trouble with the law.

CATS Holds Graduation for Two Courses

17 December 2014. The Catering Training School (CATS) has closed two courses with a graduation ceremony held at the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) on Wednesday, 17 December, 2014.

The courses were the Cooks BI Course Number 16 and the NVTI Grade I course respectively.

A speech read on behalf of the Commandant, MATS, Rear Admiral EA Bonsu, Lt Col Tei said the graduation marked another tiresome and demanding period of training and it was with much pleasure to formally close the course.

He said he was confident that the objectives of the cooks and waiters BI course which was clearly pointed out to them during the opening ceremony have been duly achieved.   

The Commandant therefore cautioned them not to be complacent but should be encouraged to practice the knowledge and skills they have acquired. He added that they must always cultivate the habit of self improvement, get themselves involved in their trade at unit level and spheres of life.

For the soldiers, Cpl Essel Kofi Alex emerged as the best student on the course, followed by LS Yakubu Mohammed and L/Cpl Quarcoopome Sackey Eric for the second and third places.

For the civilians, Mr Christopher Datsomer was the overall best, followed by Ms Cecilia Oye Tsanortey, best in theory and Ms Cynthia Samlafe, best in practical.

GMA Holds Novices Boxing

16-18 December 2014. The Ghana Military Academy (GMA) has held its annual boxing competition for the Standard Military Courses (SMC) 55 at the Parade Square, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) from Tuesday, 16 December to Thursday, 18 December, 2014.

The three-day boxing competition was aimed at building the confidence level of the cadets, and was conducted according to the International Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) rules.

The platoon was divided into three namely, the Abyssinia Platoon, Burma Platoon and Chiringa Platoon.  All cadets took part in the competition and each cadet scored points for his or her platoon.

Fifteen (15) cadets competed with each other on day one, sixteen (16) on day two and eleven (11) climaxed it on the third day. Cadets who were unable to fight their competitors were faced with the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) law that was, carrying of logs around the parade square which was thoroughly under supervision of the officers.

Chiringa Platoon emerged as the overall best and they were awarded with T-shirts by Grace Kennedy Limited, best female boxer went to Officer Cadet Ahuma Pomaa, best boxer went to Flight Cadet Asao Ulwek and lastly the gallant loser went to Sangmor TN.

The guest of honour, Air Cdre IR Wayoe expressed his joy for such a wonderful display of competition among the cadets.  He also congratulated the winning platoon and commended all the cadets especially the females for taking part in such a difficult competition.

Stop Giving Excuses - Right Reverend Colonel Paul Asante Brewu (rtd) admonishes Christians

14 December 2014. Right Reverend Colonel Paul Asante Brewu (rtd) has charged Christians in the country to cease giving excuses for their failings, in spite of obvious challenges, and instead have faith and confidence in God, in all aspects of their lives.

He said the penchant for giving excuses has led Christians to conform to the standards of the world a phenomenon which has turned many of them into glorified spectators in the house of God.

Rev Brewu made these remarks during a church service to climax the 40th anniversary celebration of the 37 Military Hospital Methodist/Presbyterian Church at the church premises in Accra, on Sunday 14 December, 2014.

The six-month long anniversary celebration of the church,which was marked with a series of activities ; a health walk,seminar,sporting activities,picnic and a youth revival,gave way for a thanksgiving service,with Right Reverend Colonel Paul Asante Brewu (rtd),as guest preacher.

He lamented the huge number of people parading themselves as Christians in government and high offices in the country, who loot state and company coffers for selfish reasons.

Reverend Brewu said until Christians stop giving excuses, they will continue living in the flesh and remain losers.

The key to being victorious in this life, he noted, depends on the unfailing faith, and trust, as well as the gift of the spirit present in the hearts of Christians.

“If you repent, confess and change your life and attitudes, and have faith in Christ, you will be rewarded.  The Holy Spirit will come and dwell in your life.”

On his part, special guest of honour, Major-General Obed Boamah Akwa commended the church for having come this far, growing from strength to strength and faith to faith.

He said, it was the duty of the church to acknowledge those who laid the foundation for the church forty years ago, and called for the current generation to contribute to the growth of the church in order for the next generation to honour them too.

The event saw some members awarded for their long service and dedication to the church over the years.

In all, eleven awards were presented, out of which three were posthumous citations. George Ackwaa, Christian Yeboah and Emma Odame, who passed on in 2006, 2012 and 2013 respectively, were honoured.

There was a special fund-raising activity to facilitate work on an on-going church building complex, which is about 80 % complete.

Chaplain of the church, Reverend Dr Major Bliss Agbeko, excited to have seen the successful end of the celebration, expressed his appreciation to members, guests and elders of the church for their invaluable coopertaion and support throughout the celebration, which was under the theme, “Sustaining Our Victory through Faith in Christ.”

The 37 Military Hospital Methodist/Presbyterian Church, formerly called 37 Interdenominational Church started as a small fellowship, in the Other Ranks’ canteen through the instrumentality of pioneers Colonel Wilson, Majors Okai Mensah, Akwasi Forson, PNK Adzo, WOI Turkson and others, in 1973.

The church conducted its first service at the Army Nursing Service Mess in the hospital for staff, their families and clients from the ward.

Present at the event were Director General, medical services, Brigadier-General Mahama Alhassan, Commanding Officer, Colonel Samuel Agyei, Director of Nursing, Colonel Vida Otoo, Matron, Colonel Mercy Yelbert all of the 37 military hospital,former directors and their spouses.

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