Monday, September 1, 2014

ZTV Celebrates Mothers Day with GAF

10 May 2014. ZTV in connection with Ghana Armed Forces has organised Mothers Day celebration for wives of Military personnel and civilian employees.

The celebration was held in Burma Hall on 10 May 2014 in Burma Camp, Accra. The celebration was under the theme ‘’Understanding the Pains of the Noble Mother.’’

Speaking at the ceremony, Madam Janett Ativi emphasised on the need to control stress in their daily lives. She advised mothers to exercise frequently to enhance their fitness and health.

ZTV mother of the year 2014 award went to Madam Florence Owiredu.

Present at the ceremony were the Guest of Honour, Nana Esi Ninsin VIII, Nifahemaa of Ekumfi Ekramfo Traditional Area in the Central Region, Pastor George Agyeman of the Church of Pentecost and Lt Col Aggrey-Quashie, Acting Director Public Relations, GAF.

The glamorous occasion was sponsored by Coca-Cola, Fru Telli, Ayerko Beads and Super Green Herbs.

Nigeria National Defence College Visits Ghana

10-17 May 2014. A 25 member delegation from the National Defence College, Abuja, visited Ghana from 10-17 May 2014. The delegation was led by Air Commodore KG Lar, the Secretary to the National Defence College (NDC).

The purpose of the visit was to enable the participants of the course of the NDC study the mining sector as part of their geo-strategic study tour of some countries in the world.

As part of the visit the delegation paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, the Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Air Vice Marshall Kadiri and the Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Maj Gen OB Akwa. At these two institutions, the delegation was given briefing on their curriculum and other programmes and activities organised at the institution.

Earlier, the delegation was welcomed at the General Headquarters (GHQ), by the Director General of Logistics at GHQ, Cdre FB Asante who briefed them on behalf of the Chief of Staff. The welcome formality was followed by a brief on Ghana’s political and socio-economic development.

Subsequently the delegation visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MOFARI) and Ministry of Defence (MOD). At MOFARI, the delegation was briefed by Hon Hannah Tetteh on Ghana’s foreign relations while at MOD, the Chief Director, Alhaji Fuseini Aliu received the delegation. They were subsequently briefed by Principal Grade Staff Officer of MOD, Cdre SW Anim and later given a tour of the Ministry by the Director of Public Affairs of MOD, Col CB Ankomah-Danso.

The one week study tour also enabled the delegation to visit the Ministry of Environment Science and Technology (MEST) and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) for in-depth briefing and lectures on Ghana’s mining sector.

The delegation climaxed their tour of Ghana with a visit to the Western Naval Command, Sekondi, the Aboadze Thermal Plant at Takoradi and the Elmina Castle. They also took time off to visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Asomdwee Park and the Arts Centre. 

Female Soldiers Urged to Enrich their Knowledge to Make Military Vibrant

9 May 2014. The Director General Training (DG) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Commodore PK Faidoo has urged female soldiers in the GAF to continue to learn and enrich their knowledge in all aspect to remain on top of current issues thereby making the military more vibrant and proficient.

He said discipline in the GAF has taken a serious downward trend and that the high Command of the GAF will continue to rely on the female Senior Non Commissioned Officers (SNCO’s) to help address this disturbing trend.

Cdre Faidoo made the remarks at the closing ceremony of a five-day female Senior Non Commissioned Officer’s Convention at the Headquarters Support Services Brigade Group, Burma Camp on 9 May 2014.  The Convention organised by the Base Ordnance Depot was under the theme “The Role of Female SNCO in Enhancing Professionalism and Discipline in the GAF”.

The DG Training said the rigorous training progamme was aimed at preparing the participants for the task of reshaping the image and professionalism of the GAF.   He was hopeful that the female soldiers will put all the skills and knowledge they have acquired to good use to assist Command realise the objective of the Convention.

He charged the participants to endeavour to share their experience with their other colleagues back in the Units on all that they have acquired during the convention adding “always remember you are the torch bearers in this crusade effecting the institutional change so desired in the military in this contemporary time”.

Among the issues discussed during the Convention include, health and hygiene in barracks/field, children’s education, Public Retations, etc.

The participants had the opportunity to visit the Tema harbour to learn more about the activities of the organisation and to promote Civil/military cooperation.

Col Fred Buliga Hands Over Command

9 May 2014. Col Fred Buliga, Commander Ghana Military Academy (GMA), has handed over command to Col Mike Akpatsu on Friday, 9 May, 2014.

The out-going Commander expressed gratitude to all personnel of GMA for the support and goodwill given to him during his tenure of office and hoped same would be given to his successor.

To the cadets, he encouraged them to maintain the good standards of the Academy and pass out well to serve their nation adding that he would see them again on their graduation day.

He also advised them to treat the new cadets who would join them soon, very well just as they were also treated when they came.

The in-coming Commander Col Mike Akpatsu, congratulated the out-going Commander for good work done and promised to maintain the high standard he had set for the Academy.

Col Akpatsu said he would always count on him for assistance when the need arose and wished him well.

There were exchange of signatories and change of command batons after a brief durbar with personnel of GMA and the cadets.

After a brief durbar with personnel of GMA and the cadets, the two Cos signed the handing/taking over notes after which Col Akpatsu took command of GMA.

Col Atintande Hands Over Baton to Lt Col Aggrey-Quashie

8 May 2014. Colonel M’Bawine Atintande, Director Public Relations of the Ghana Armed Forces has handed over command to Lt Col Eric Aggrey-Quashie on Thursday 8 May 2014.

In a brief ceremony that took place at the Directorate, Col Atintande expressed gratitude to all ranks and civilian employees of the Directorate for the immense support they offered him make his tenure a success.

A citation which was read to him by Maj Evelyn Asamoah on behalf of the entire Directorate enumerated the various activities he undertook to bring positive transformation to the Directorate.

Col Atintande spearheaded the promotion of GAF’s image through the establishment of a cordial relationship with the media and the general public both locally and internationally.  Under his astute leadership, the GAF Radio/Television Station was set up and awaiting to be commissioned.   As part of his vision, he re-organised and restructured the Directorate by creating the Training, Research and Education branch to cater for the training and research needs of the Directorate.

Col Atintande also created a Community Relations Branch as an outreach platform to handle all community relations issues in the Armed Forces.

He noted that there was still more work to be done and therefore urged everyone to upgrade his technical skills and know-how since the Directorate itself is a technical one.

He called for support from Officers, Men, Women and Civilian Employees for the newly appointed Acting Director, Lt Col Aggrey-Quashie for him to have a smooth administration.

Lt Col Aggrey-Quashie, the in-coming Acting Director, thanked the out-gone Director for his guidance and good mentorship and assured him that the standard if not raised, would not be lowered.

Col Atintande has been Director Public Relations from 8 July 2010 to 8 May 2014.

In another development, Mr Fred Kwasi Gbedzo, a civilian employee who served as a photographer with the Directorate who was also retiring after 37 years of service was also presented with a citation by the Director to testify his indefatigable nature and indispensable service rendered to the Directorate in particular and the GAF in general.

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