Saturday, August 1, 2015

MINUSMA Ghana Aviation gets New Commander

1 May 2015. Gp Capt Reginald Yaw Cole has been inducted into office as the new Commander of MINUSMA Ghana Aviation Unit (GHAV I.) He took over command and responsibilities of the GHAV 1 from his predecessor Gp Capt Frank Hanson who has completed his tour of duty in MINUSMA. A handing/ taking over ceremony was held on 1 May 2015   at GHAV location Camp Samson Oje to officially hand over command and responsibilities of the Unit to the incoming Commander which was witnessed by the Ghanaian Contingent Commander, Col PK Ghansah.

On Sunday 17 May 2015, an induction religious service was held to officially induct the new GHAV 1 Commander into office and seek divine protection, guidance and favour for him for a successful tenure in office. The induction service was held at the Ghana Engineer Company’s location, Senou Transit Camp Air force Base. The Guest of Honour for the occasion was the Ghanaian Contingent Commander, Col PK Ghansah. The officiating clergy were Rev Capt GK Gustafson of GHAV 1, Rev Fr Capt Anthony Essien and Lt Abdul Rahim Yamusah of GHANENGCOY 3.

Preaching the sermon on the theme “Called to Service” (1 Samuel 10:1-18.24) - Samuel anointed Saul as a ruler of Israel, Rev Capt GK Gustafson said it always pleases God to choose leaders whose visions, values, conducts and characters matched . He advocate divine calling and warned against self appointing leaders whose calling did not come from God. He said leaders should pray fervently to have intimate relation with God for Him to guide and direct their ways. He exhorted all and sundry to give the Unit Commander all the necessary support to make him succeed.

The Ghanaian Contingent Commander Col PK Ghansah asked the inductee to be fair and firm and not to lord over men under command but serve them with dignity. He urged him to make open door policy and be approachable to win the confidence, trust and support of all ranks. He reminded him not to forget his creator but to seek God’s divine guidance and direction.

The CONTICO used the occasion to advice personnel not to relent on their efforts but to continue to discharge their constitutional duty as professional soldiers to raise the flag of Ghana high.

Among those who attended the induction religious service were, Gp Capt Raymond Datsa, Officer-in-Charged (OIC) of Finance and Administration, Maj MK Appoh, OC GHANENGCOY 3, Officers and men of GHAV 1/GHANENGCOY 3, representatives of MINUSMA contingents from the Nigeria Signal Coy, Benin infantry mechanized Battalion, ASIFU and Bangladeshi Transport Coy.

Burkinabe Delegation Visit Ghana

4 May 2015. A delegation from the Georges Namoana Military Academy in Burkina Faso arrived in Ghana on May 4, 2015 for a one-week visit.

The forty-six member cadets delegation including three females were accompanied by some instructors and Senior Officers. The delegation was led by the Commander, Georges Namoana Military Academy, Colonel Djibril Nacro.

The delegation was received by Chief of Staff, Major General Saagbul on behalf of the Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie.

Briefing the delegation in a welcome address, Director General, GHQ, Commodore Faidoo said he hoped that the program planned for the cadets will enable them not only to visit places of Political, Military and Cultural interest but also to give them the opportunity to meet the people of Ghana.

“I believe you will find that apart from the language barrier, we are all one people”, he added.

Commodore Faidoo also expressed his gratitude towards the high commands of Burkina Faso and the Ghana Armed Forces for sanctioning the visit.

“I hope the visit will build trust and confidence between the nations”, he stressed.

The delegation visited the Airforce Base where they were briefed by Flying Officer Augustine Kangah before taking a tour in the base to view various aircrafts. They also visited RECCE where they witnessed a demonstration of how horses were saddled and mounted. They also visited the Ghana Military Academy (GMA) where they were briefed by the Commandant, GMA, Brig Gen M Akpatsu before observing drills and Physical Training (PT) displays by the Ghanaian cadets.

The delegates visited other places like the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, National Museum, University of Ghana and Elmina Castle. 

Graduation Ceremony of Junior Staff Course 63 Held

15 May 2015. The graduation ceremony of 50 officers from the junior division of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), course 63 was held at Otoo barracks in Teshie Camp on Friday 15 May, 2015.

Addressing the graduands, the Guest of Honour for the ceremony, Air Commodore Victor KK Manphey (rtd), congratulated the graduands for the professionalism they exhibited during the course and urged them to pass on the knowledge acquired to others who could not have the opportunity to attend the course.

He said security was no longer considered as a preserve of the military and the police. But the defence and security matters are assessed and managed in multi-dimensional terms.

He added that in current strategic environment, security has become a collective responsibility and must therefore be considered in national, regional and international perspectives.

Air Commodore Manphey (rtd) noted that the successful management of the emerging security environment also requires the combined efforts of the traditional security and law enforcement agencies at the regional and international levels.

He urged all graduands to put the interest of the nation first in whatever decisions or actions they took, saying it is only when we think about our country individually that the national interest can be attained collectively.

The Assistant Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Commodore Jimmy Osei Kuntoh said the College now runs two Junior Staff Courses instead of once a year to able to respond to the increasing demands for vacancies by our sister countries and also to clear the backlog of officers who are qualified to undertake Junior Staff Course.

Awards were given to students who distinguished themselves during the course.  Major Daniel Bondah took the overall best student, while Major Lawrenda Adusu-Donkor and Flt Lt Justice Akwamoah Boateng won the Commandant and Assistant Commandant’s Essay Prize respectively. 

Major General Darry Williams calls on COAS

14 May 2015. The Commander of the US Army Africa/SETAF, Major General Darry Williams has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Major General Richard Opoku-Adusei at the Army Headquarters in Burma Camp, on 14 May, 2015.

He inspected a quarter guard mounted by troops of the Army Headquarters. The visit was to deepen the already existing ties between the two outfits.

Major General Williams discussed security situation of the West African Sub-region and advocate exchanging views on promoting cooperation in defense and training areas.

As part of his entourage, was his sergeant major, who also had a separate meeting with the Forces Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Owusu Dickson and the various Regimental Sergeant Majors of the army units.

Camp Commandant durbar with GHQ staff

14 May 2015. The Camp Commandant, Lt Col Arthur Kuyipua met all ranks and civilian employees at GHQ, on 14 May 2015 at Camp to deliberate on administrative issues and also to familiarise himself with the General Headquarters (GHQ) staff.  He also to pass on directives and instructions from high Command.

Highlighting on wide range of matters, the Camp Commandant touched on administrative issues, quarter master issues, sentry duties at the main and command gate, intelligence gathering, training, directives on nominations for Peace Support Operations (PSOs), internal operations, accommodation, updating of records and weapon training.

Lt Col Kuyipua urged all soldiers and civilian employees to be watch dogs to ensure camp’s security.

He advised the soldiers to refrain from travelling on Peace Support Operations on behalf of their superiors. This, he said, was a directive issued by the United Nations Department for Peace Support Operations and Director Army Peace Keeping Operations (DAPKOP) which would take effect on 16 April 2015 to the next set of GHANBATT who would be going on missions.

He disclosed that, a copy of rules and regulations has been made available for all soldiers to get copies and read then follow the directives. The Provo Marshal of the Military Police he said, has also issued a directive to all Units to have short notice sections for reports.

The Camp Commandant further stressed that, the National Security has issued an authority to all Security Services on the use of sirens, hazard lights and DV number plates, since culprits would be dealt with. He requested that staff minimize their application for pass and leave.

Lt Col Kuyipua further asked that Civilians requesting for vehicles to travel outside their Unit should cease from writing to Plans Research and Development (PR&D), instead should write to the Supply and Transport Unit.

He commented on neatness to work and asked that soldiers and civilians dress well to work. Present at the meeting were representatives from all the GHQ Units.

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