Maj Gen Richard Kwame Opoku-Adusei was born in 1954 at Bekwai in the Ashanti Region. He attended Sunyani and Techiman Secondary Schools and obtained his General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level in 1974. He proceeded to the Seventh-Day Adventist Secondary School Bekwai-Ashanti for his General Certificate of Education Advanced Level in 1976.
Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei enlisted into the Ghana Military Academy and later proceeded to the Combat Training School, Gagetown, New Brunswich, Canada and was commissioned in 1978. He has since gone through the mill in his professional career development, attending all the mandatory career courses complemented by other varied yet specialised ones, both locally and overseas. Some of these courses include Basic Parachutist and Winter Warfare Courses in Canada, Public and Non-Public Funds Course at the Forces Pay Office and the Junior Staff Course at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC). The COAS did his Senior Staff Course at the Command and Staff College, Jaji-Kaduna and is a fellow of the National War College of Nigeria.
He holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies and a Master of Arts in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana respectively. He also has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) as well as a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the Institute of Commercial Management, Bournemouth, UK.
Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei has extensive experience in Command and Staff appointments at different levels in the course of his career. They include Platoon Commander, 2 Battalion of Infantry, Takoradi, Officer Commanding, 3 Border Guards Battalion and Company Commander of the Airborne Force in Tamale. He once served as the Officer Commanding the Trial and Development Wing of the Jungle Warfare School, Akim Achiase, Commandant of the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) Training School at Kpetoe as well as General Staff Officer Operations and Training at the HQ Support Services Brigade Group, Burma Camp.
He was once a Tactical Instructor, Army Combat Training School at the Military Academy and Training Schools, Deputy Director Army Intelligence and Plans, Army Headquarters, Directing Staff at both the Junior and Senior Divisions of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) as well as Commanding Officer 3 Infantry Battalion.
Additionally, he was the Deputy Director General Logistics (Installations) at the General Headquarters, Director Army Operations, Army Headquarters, Chief Instructor, Joint Studies at GAFCSC, Army Liaison Officer at the Ministry of Defence as well as Assistant Commandant, GAFCSC.
In International Peace Support Operations, Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei has an exciting resume. He served with the UN Emergency Force (UNEF) as Platoon Commander in Sinai, Egypt, Company Second-in-Command and Company Commander on several occasions in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). He also served as the Second-in-Command with Ghana Battalion (GHANBATT) 7 and Commanding Officer GHANBATT 16, both in the ECOWAS Ceasefire Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively. He once served as a Military Observer (MILOB) in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR).
On two separate occasions, Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei was the Commanding Officer of GHANBATTs 1 and 5 in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). At another time, he served as a Staff Officer in the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT).
Professionally qualified and adaptable, he was the General Officer Commanding the then Northern Command of the Ghana Army prior to his appointment as the Chief of the Army Staff. The COAS lives by the core values and work ethics of a military professional with a keen interest in physical fitness of all ranks. This squares with his vision of maintaining a highly professional army capable of defending the nation against all threats at all times.
He is happily married and blessed with children. A sports enthusiast, the COAS enjoys football, badminton and table tennis.