Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Ghana Armed Forces
Junior Staff Course 60 Students of GAFCSC Graduate.
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 Capt Ernest Obese Junior receives the overall best student award from Commodore Albert Addison (rtd).30 June 2013.   Forty Students from the Junior Division of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), course 60, have graduated from the college on 28 June, 2013.

Addressing the graduands, the Guest of Honour for the ceremony, Commodore Albert Bentil Addison (rtd), congratulated the students for achieving such professional excellence and entreated them to pass on the knowledge they have acquired to others and to also enhance the total image and output of their respective Units.

He noted that, the College now runs two Junior Staff Courses instead of the previous one course per year to enable the Ghana Armed Forces clear the backlog of officers who are qualified to undertake the Junior Staff Course.

Commodore Addison urged the graduands to display the highest professional standard wherever they find themselves. He added that training they have undergone had equipped them with the required knowledge and skills to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently at all levels, commensurate with their ranks and qualification.

He seized the opportunity to entreat the leadership of the Armed Forces and GAFCSC not to relent in their efforts to build a more formidable Ghana Armed Forces in order to meet the growing security challenges in the country and the Region.

Awards were given to students who distinguished themselves during the course. Captain Ernest Obese Junior was adjudged the overall best student and received a laptop for his prize.

 
ECCDS Re-affirm Commitment to Ensure Peace and Security in the Region
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27 June 2013. The ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (ECCDS), has re-affirmed the commitment to strife towards achieving maximum peace and security in the Region.

The Chairman of the ECCDS, Lt Gen Soumaila Bakayoko, has accordingly challenged members of the Committee to re-double their efforts in resolving conflicts, dealing with maritime security threats and ensuring security sector reforms across the Region.

This was contained in his summary of the deliberations of the 32nd Ordinary Meeting of the ECCDS, held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), from 26 - 27 June 2013. The Ordinary Meeting was held on the theme: ‘Enhancing ECOWAS Military Cooperation for Peace, Stability and Development’.

Addressing the closing session, Lt Gen Bakayoko, who is also the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) of Cote d’Ivoire, commended Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), for the huge contribution and sacrifices, which have helped stabilize the situation in Mali.

“On behalf of the ECCDS, I also wish to express gratitude to the USA, UK, France, other European Union countries and other stakeholders who have helped in diverse ways and supported AFISMA to contain the situation in Mali”, he added.

The Chairman of the ECCDS however sounding a note of caution that the situation in Mali was still unpredictable and therefore TCCs had more work to do as AFISMA transits into the United Nations Multi-dimensional and Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

“It must be noted that the Malian elections is also scheduled for 28 July 2013. The ECCDS therefore has an obligation to further support and ensure all TCCs and other stakeholders stay committed in ensuring peace and security during this transition period”.

On the security situation in Guinea Bissau, Lt Gen Bakayoko indicated that the ECCDS had noted with satisfaction, the immense progress made towards ensuring stability in that country. He however urged the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB), not to rest in its oars but execute fully, the task of ensuring security sector reforms.

Other important matters that the ECCDS deliberated on were the rise in the incidents of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and terrorism in the West Africa. In this vein, Lt Gen Bakayoko indicated that the ECCDS had resolved to collaborate effectively to curb the menace.

In his concluding remarks, Lt Gen Bakayoko thanked the President of Ghana, HE John Dramani Mahamah and Ghana as a whole for accepting to host the 32nd Ordinary Meeting of the ECCDS and the hospitality they had received. He also expressed appreciation to the host CDS, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, the Commandant of KAIPTC and all others who worked towards the success of the meeting.   

 
GAF to Reposition itself to meet Demands of Contemporary Security.
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CDS , Service Chiefs, COS, DGDI and Defence Attaches and Spouses. 23 June, 2013. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie has stated that the Ghana Forces was on a threshold for a massive take – off, aimed at repositioning the military to meet the demands of contemporary security.

The CDS was speaking at the closing ceremony of an Induction Seminar for newly appointed Defence Attache’s (DAs) at the General Headquarters (GHQ) Conference Hall, Burma Camp, on Friday 21 June, 2013.

Vice Admiral Quashie noted that information and communication technology has changed everything including security. “Our strategy to combat threats that emanate thereof will have to be regularly reviewed to cater for possible shortfalls and oversight”, he added.

The CDS also emphasized that the role of the DAs was to fill the military component of the strategies, projects and programmes that Ghana embarks on, in accordance with international best practices.

He urged them to use their inter-personal skills, drive and initiative to achieve his vision for the Ghana Armed Forces. “Let me hasten to add that as a result of your outstanding performances over the period, my expectations of you are very high”, Said the CDS.

The CDS expressed appreciation to the Resource Persons and the Director General Defence Intelligence for their support and well packaged seminar.

 
ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Lauded for Efforts in Containing Crises in the Region
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26 June 2013.  The ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, HE Mrs Salamatu Hussaini, has lauded the collective efforts made by member countries in resolving the challenging crises in Mali and Guinea Bissau.

According to her, the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), was a clear indication of a common desire in seeking a lasting solution to the security threat confronting the ECOWAS region.

Mrs Suleiman was speaking at the opening session of the 32nd Ordinary Meeting of the Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (ECCDS), held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), on 26 June, 2013.

“The ECOWAS Commission is still reaching out to the international community especially the UN, AU, EU and others, so that partners would once again re-engage in supporting the transitional process and the dire reforms required in Mali” she said .

The Commissioner stated that ECOWAS had facilitated the signing of a comprehensive ceasefire agreement between the interim government of Mali and the rebel group, MNLA, which would ultimately pave way for the conduct of elections on 28 July 2013.

HE Mrs  Suleiman entreated the CCDS that whilst addressing the crises in Guinea Bissau and Mali, the Committee should not lose sight of the threats posed by piracy and other maritime threats in the territorial waters of West African countries.

The Commissioner commended the Chairman of the Committee, Lt Gen Soumaila Bakayoko and all the members for their unflinching support and commitment in partnering with the ECOWAS Commission towards addressing the myriads of security challenges in the region.

Ghana‘s Deputy Minister for Defence, Hon. Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi, urged members of the ECCDS to support their respective governments to ensure internal security through cooperation amongst the internal security agencies and institutions.

He emphasized Ghana’s commitment to the peace, security and development of the West African Region in particular, Africa and the World in general. “Indeed we have been following with the keen interest, the achievements of the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea (ECOMIB). The efforts of that Mission has resulted in relative peace in the country.  However due to participation in several international peace support operations, Ghana has been constrained hence, the inability to contribute considerably to the strength of in some of the recent missions”, he added.

The Chief of the Defence Staff Vice Admiral Quashie in his remarks was hopeful that the 32nd Ordinary Meeting would among other issues, be able to adopt measures to accelerate the re-hating of AFISMA to the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), in order to ensure peaceful elections for the Malian people.

He expressed his deepest gratitude to UK, France, the international community and African countries for their speedy intervention in Mali to halt the aggression by terrorist and extremist groups. “This intervention from France paved the way for the deployment of AFISMA and this singular initiative really needs our commendations” he added.

 
Major General Eric Vollmecke Calls on Chief of Air Staff
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AVM Michael Samson-Oje Exchanges Pleasantries with Maj Gen Eric Vollmecke.21 June 2013.    Maj Gen Eric Vollmecke of the United States Air Force, has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Michael Samson-Oje at his office in Burma Camp on Friday 21 June, 2013.

The purpose of the visit was to discuss modalities for US Air Force planned response to situations and operations in Africa.

Maj Gen Vollmecke, who is also the Deputy Exercise Director for Exercise Western Accord 2013, which is ongoing at the Kofi Annan  International  Peacekeeping Training (KAIPTC). He said 50 participants from the various ECOWAS nations are participating in the Exercise.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Samson-Oje on his part said that the Ghana Air Force was impressed with US active engagement with ECOWAS nations.

He further hinted that the Air Force had negotiated with the UN to operate CASA aircrafts in Mali as part of the UN mission which is scheduled to take over from the Africa Led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) by 1 July 2013.

He also disclosed that the Air Force will host a Regional Air Chiefs conference in August, which would culminate in an Exercise to assess how the various Forces would coordinate in real situations.Maj Gen Vollmecke is Welcomed to the Ghana Air Force Headquarters.

 
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