496 Army Recruits Passed Out.
30 September 2015. The 496 Recruits made up of 443 males and 53 females who underwent Basic Infantry Training Course at Army Recruits Training School, Shai Hill on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 passed out from training.
The twenty five weeks of vigorous training saw the recruits going through drills, field craft, minor tactics, weapon handling, physical training, steeple chase, map reading, and novices in boxing. Others lessons were first aid, voice procedure, role of regimental sergeant major, junior leadership, military law and military history all to enable them function effectively as soldiers of the Ghana Army.
Director General Logistics at General Headquarters of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brig Gen Isaac Mensah Tetteh, addressing the Parade noted that in taking the oath of allegiance to support and defend the constitution of the Republic of Ghana meant that they must bear true faith, distance themselves and report all actions that do not aim at supporting and defending the primary laws of the state.
He entreated them not to lose focus because as professional soldiers, much would be expected of them by their families, Ghana Army and the country as a whole.
“The expectation is that you will rise beyond personal consideration and always put Ghana first”, he said.
Gen Mensah Tetteh who was the reviewing officer, also cautioned the new soldiers to eschew activities and negative tendencies detriment to tarnish the image of Ghana Armed Forces, but take every opportunity to train very hard to improve their knowledge to discharge their duties with professionalism.
“The temptation is great for you having turned into young soldiers to see your new career as an opportunity to constitute yourselves into unauthorized law enforcement agencies”, he emphasized.
He therefore reminded the newly passed out soldiers to be discipline because that is the bedrock of any successful institution.
Recruit Hiatepe Stephen won the Overall Best Recruits and Best in Academics while Recruit Pobi Henry Prince and Recruit Badu Leticia won the Best in Drill and Best Female Recruit respectively.
Operation Onward Liberty team visits Ghana Armed Forces.
16 September 2015. A three-man team of the Operation Onward Liberty (OOL) Team visited the Ghana Armed Forces on the 15 and 16 of September 2015 at some selected commands in the Greater Accra region. The commands visited include the General Headquarters, Ghana Military Academy and Training School, Eastern Naval Command and the Jungle Warfare School at Achiase
Operation Onward Liberty (OOL) is a U.S Military-led team who mentor and advise the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in order to develop a national military that is responsible, operationally capable, respectful of civilian authority and the rule of law, and is a force for good among the Liberian people.
Operation Onward Liberty’s goal is to assist the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in building a professional and capable military force that can effectively provide and contribute to the overall security environment in Liberia.
The Team first called on the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces Brigadier General Bobson Saagbul at his office at Burma Camp. The three-man team included the Deputy Officer in Charge of OOL, Lt Col Ravindra Wagh, Joint Staff Mentor, Major Michael Cochenour and Brigade Operations and Training Mentor, Captain Jason Everts. They presented a plaque to the Chief of Staff in recognition of Ghana’s exceptional performance at the United Nation’s Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
The team headed to the Ghana Military Academy and Training School where they interacted with the Commandant of the Academy and his team. The Commandant of the Academy Rear Admiral Akoto Bonsu took the team through a lecture on the history, mission, role, training philosophy and the organisation of the Military Academy and Training School. The team also interacted with Liberian soldiers who are under training at the academy.
The team moved to the Headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command in Tema, where they interacted with the Acting Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Captain (GN) Kwarfo. The Acting FOC took the team round the training infrastructure at the command and later lectured them on the operations of the command.
The Team finally ended their tour at the Jungle Warfare School in Achiase where the Commander Rear, Major Coba-Eshun briefed the team on the operations and training activities of the Jungle Warfare School. He also took the team round the obstacle crossing area. The OOL Team will be returning back to Liberia on Thursday 17 September 2015.
Defence Minister visits 66 Artillery Regiment and Navy Training Command
29 September 2015. The Minister for Defence, Hon Dr Benjamin Bewa-Nyong Kumbuor, and a high-powered delegation from the Ministry, with the Chief Director, Mr Alidu Fuseini, paid a working visit to the 66 Artillery Regiment and Navy Training Command(NAVTRAC) on 29 September 2015 in the Volta Region.
A Guard of Honour was mounted by troops of the 66 Artillery Regiment with the regimental band in attendance.
The Commanding Officer of the 66 Artillery Regiment, Lt Col SK Amengor, gave a detailed brief of the Regiment. He also briefed the Minister on the security situation in the region and the challenges facing the Regiment at large.
The Minister’s visit was to familiarise, inspect infrastructural and ongoing projects of the Regiment. He also toured the barracks to see the state of the accommodations and some abandoned projects. Again, he inspected the sewerage pump machine, the swimming pool, the block factory and the café of the Regiment.
In an all ranks durbar with the Minister and his team, he pointed out that, solving infrastructural challenges in the Ghana Armed forces is his number one priority.
The Minister commended troops for their high sense of professionalism shown despite organisational challenges. He therefore urged them to lift high the flag of Ghana.
At the new Navy Training Command (NAVTRAC), the team had the chance to inspect the various project sites which includes the dining hall/kitchen which is about 70% complete. They later visited the lecture hall which is also about 75% complete. The entourage also visited the site demarcated for training facilities which is about 85% complete.
According to the Training Coordinator at NAVTRAC, Lt Commander Isaac Mahama Abu; the Department of Feeder Roads fully constructed the road leading to the school without any cost. Similarly, he said, the works and Housing Ministry facilitated the connection of pipe borne water to the site at no cost.
Furthermore he added that, upon the request of the Ghana Navy, the Department of Parks and Gardens have also promised to cater for the landscaping of the entire school free of charge.
In response to the Defence Minister’s proposal for the relocation of occupiers within the area of the project, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Real Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro said, everything was being done to ensure that they are relocated. He said the authorities are awaiting the farmers in the area to harvest their crops for the season, before the relocation exercise is embarked on.
The Minister also paid a courtesy call on the Regional Minister, Hon Helen Adjoa Nutosu.
Present were the General Officer Commanding Southern Command, Brig Gen SK Adeti, Principal General Staff Officer, Commodore Samuel Anim, Gp Capt PD Asafo, Director Airforce Liaison, Maj Robert Talleh, Military Assistant to Defence Minister, Maj Johnson 2 in Command 66 Artillery Regiment, Mr Frederick Koomson, Assistant Director and Mr Ahmed Imoro Principal Accountant.
COAS Cautions Nurses to Provide Quality Healthcare to Clients
27 September 2015. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei has cautioned nurses and health personnel of the 37 Military Hospital to provide quality healthcare to patients who seek medical attention at the hospital.
COAS made this known when he opened the weeklong Military Nightingales’ Week Celebration of the 37 Military Hospital on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at the 37 Military Officers’ Mess in Accra. The weeklong celebration commenced on Monday, September 21 and ended on Sunday, 27 September 2015.
Speaking on the theme for the occasion, ‘Military Nightingales’, A Force for Change: Caring for the Carer’, he emphasized that nurses and midwives have the responsibility to enhance themselves so as to provide quality healthcare especially in the twenty-first century where scientific knowledge is required in the area of their profession.
He added that some members of the general public have negative perceptions about some nurses and therefore advised them to change this negative attitude since it dragged the noble profession into disrepute.
Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei however noted that, nurses and midwives often feel reluctant to take care of themselves; hence this year’s celebration was focused on the caregiver and the need to provide them with some level of job satisfaction. In the light of this, he disclosed that, High Command would address some of their challenges such as infrastructure, equipment, motivation and welfare matters in order to make their jobs less stressful to enable them provide quality healthcare.
He seized the opportunity to commend the staff of the hospital for putting up their best during the June 3, 2015 fire and flood disaster which occurred at Circle-Odorna, Accra, and the nationwide strike by the Ghana Medical Association in July this year.
In his welcome remarks, the Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, Brig-Gen Ralph Kojo Ametepi also acknowledged the great courage and compassion with which the nurses and midwives executed their duties this year in the midst of the many challenges, and congratulated them on their gallant performance.
The Guest Speaker for the occasion, Lt Col Eleanor Atiamo Bampo (rtd), a former nurse of the hospital emphasised that, the Military Nightingales’ week is celebrated worldwide to remember Florence Nightingale, known as ‘Lady of the Lamp’ who worked selflessly for mankind and God.
Lt Col Atiamo Bampo (rtd) also said that the Military Nightingale is a certified professional nurse or midwife who is trained as a soldier or a civilian who works with the Ghana Armed
Touching on the theme ‘Military Nightingales’, A force for change: Caring for the Carer’, she said, Military Nightingales’ can only influence the health care delivery system when they are in their right frame of mind, possess good health and have the required capabilities such as trustworthiness, competence, kindness, politeness, understanding and competence.
Lt Col Atiamo Bampo (rtd) therefore advised all Military Nightingales’ and other nurses to be professionals and carers for patients at all times and used the opportunity to appeal to High Command to solve challenges confronting nurses in order to give out their best.
The weeklong celebration was marked with a series of activities such as a health walk, Exhibition, food bazaar and lectures with active participation from staff and the public. During the health walk, tro-tro drivers, passengers and bystanders were screened for blood pressure, body mass index and educated on leading a healthy lifestyle. The crusade was led by the Principal of the37 Nurses Training College, Col Sally Mensah.
The exhibition and food bazaar saw various products displayed by the sponsors of the programme such as G2 Medical Laboratory, Lancet Laboratory, and Cowbell Ghana limited (Promasidor), Sesil Consult Limited, Photo Club, Ghana Trade Fair Company, Johnson Ghana Limited, Voltic Ghana Limited, Noble House Chinese Restaurant, A&C Shopping Mall and others.
During the lectures, participants were taken through topics such as ‘Assessing the Health Professional through Performance Management and Job Performance Appraisal’ and ‘The role of the Nurse and Midwife in Care of Central Line and Oxygen Therapy.
The facilitators were PNO Judith Asiamah and PNO Kwadjodeh Juliet.
The Chairperson for the occasion, Mrs Alice Darkwa Asare Allottey, stated that the Military Nightingales’ Association exists as a local branch of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA) as well as the Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA) and comprises of both military and civilian nurses and midwives working with GAF.
She urged all to work together for the success of the Association and also to be a carer for patients.
In his closing remarks, the Military Secretary and Guest of Honour for the occasion Commodore Moses Kojo Beick- Baffuor also congratulated staff of the hospital for the good work done during the June 3 disaster and the nationwide strike by the Ghana Medical Association.
He advised the Nightingales and staff of the hospital to emulate Florence Nightingale who laid down her life for patients as a nurse and assured them of High Command’s readiness to address some challenges confronting them.
Awards were given to retired and serving staff officers and civilians of the hospital.
Present at the ceremony were the Commander of the hospital, Brig Gen Ralph Ametepi, Commanding Officer of the hospital, Col Samuel Adjei, Director General Medical Services Brig Gen Mahama Alhassan , Director General Logistics, Brig Gen Isaac Mensah Tetteh, Director Nursing GAF Medical Services , Col Vida Otoo, Matron of the hospital, Col Yelbert, Officer- in -Charge of Publicity and Protocol, Maj Patience Awumee, President of GRNA, Mr Asante Krobia, some retired and serving officers of GAF and other health personnel from the various health institutions and universities across the country.