Saturday, August 23, 2014

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.

37 NTC Holds 30th Matriculation and Induction Ceremony

8 May 2014. The Principal of the 37 Military Training College, Col Augusta A Wellington has formally inducted the class of  Intake 30 Diploma XVI of the Registered General Nursing (RGN) Program and Registered Midwives intake II into the Military Hospital Nursing Training College (NTC) on behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces at the hospital Officers’ Mess on 8 May, 2014.

She welcomed all the Matriculants and stated that, in order to be a highly professional nurse, one must have a good heart, regard for fellow human beings, humility and the fear of God to portray the good qualities in nursing.

The Principal also stated that the institution stands for more than nursing education due to its responsibility of instilling discipline by Military standards into student nurses, and the high quality of performance demanded of the School.

In her remarks, the special Guest of Honour for the Matriculation Ceremony, Lt Col Gladys Okwaning (rtd),  a former Matron of the 37 Military hospital  also welcomed the matriculants into the School and advised them to take their chosen profession very seriously since the  nursing phase of today has totally changed from yesteryears.

She explained that due to the rapid change in technology, a modern nurse of today must apply advanced knowledge in all other fields like Anatomy/Physiology, Sociology, Psychology and Epidemiology unlike those days that nursing was based on mere nursing skills from the various homes with the idea of just caring for the sick. “There is the need for a nurse to prove her professionalism to the society” She added.

The occasion was climaxed with a tape-cutting ceremony of two newly-constructed classroom blocks and offices by the Special Guest of honour, and dedicated by the 37 Military Hospital, Presby Methodist Chaplain, Rev Dr Major Agbeko.

Present at the ceremony were the Director Nursing Services, Col Vida Otto, the Director for Medical Services Col Ernest Crosby Saka, the Commanding Officer, 37 Military Hospital, Col Samuel   Kwame Adjei, the Matron of the Hospital, Col Mercy Yelbert, The Director for Public Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Col Ankomah Danso, and Air Cdre Pumpuni a Member of the 37 Military Hospital Board who in diverse ways contributed tremendously toward the success of the NTC.

BOD Organises First Female SNCOs Convention 2014

5-9 May 2014. The Base Ordnance Depot (BOD) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) is organizing a one-week Convention for 60 Female Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) from 5-9 May 2014 at the Support Services Brigade Group, Burma Camp.

The Convention is being organised to broaden the horizon of the SNCOs on very important and topical issues and also be able to determine causes and remedies to falling standards in the GAF.

Addressing the gathering at the Opening Ceremony, the Chief of Staff (COS) Maj Gen Bobson Saagbul stated that the female SNCOs serve as catalyst for change to uplift fallen standards in the profession.

According to him, the military discipline includes ethics, codes, standards and traditions when properly learnt and adhered to translate the soldier’s conduct into honour and good morals.

“As females, you will individually and collectively in your homes create security in the barracks and in the civil populace’’, he opined.

Also, the Auxiliary Corps, he said, plays a vital role despite the primary emphasis Armed Forces places on the Fighting Units. Thus, he is excited to note that majority of the females are from this Corps.

Maj Gen Saagbul cited the theme for the programme “The Role of Female SNCOs in Enhancing Professionalism and Discipline” as appropriate since it emphasized on the importance of the females in GAF in uplifting the image of the noble institution.

He urged them to do the right thing at all times to enable them supervise the NCOs effectively and efficiently. He further advised them to learn new ideas since the subjects discussed were to broaden their professional outlook and their career development and also hoped they would not fail Higher Command and the Organisers of the Convention.

The Military High Command appreciates and recognizes the vital role the female SNCOs play in diverse ways both at home and in external operations.

The female participants were drawn from the three Services and taken through various topics such as Health and hygiene in the Barracks/field, children’s education, professional development, fire prevention, stress management, planning for resettlement and many more.

GMPC Fund Raising Gospel Musical Concert

3 May 2014. The Garrison Methodist Presbyterian Church (GMPC) has on its first time ever organised a fund Raising Gospel musical Concert in support of the Church building.

The event was organised at the Burma Hall on Saturday 3 May, 2014 in Burma Camp, Accra.  Briefing the congregation on the purpose of the gathering, Lt Col Aggrey Quashie, Acting Director Public Relations and a Senior member of the GMPC said the main aim of the event was to raise funds to complete the church building, which is the only Holy house of peace, hope and a house of sending and receiving God’s blessing.  He said organising the event in the barracks was to strengthen civil-military relation and to win more souls for Christ.

Delivering the message on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, Brigadier General MI Tetteh, Director General for Personnel Administration, urged Christians to be more dedicated to Christ and give with faith so as to get more returns from God.

General Tetteh thanked the Director Religious Affairs, Col David Bangsibu for his noble arrangement.  He thanked the organizers as well for the good work done.

Present at the event were Generals, Senior Officers, men and women of GAF and their families, Chaplains and renowned gospel artists.

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