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Ghana Air Force to Receive Two New Urban Military C295 Aircrafts

His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama Presenting Parchments to the Newly Commissioned Officers. 30 August 2013.   The President of the Republic of Ghana and the Commander-In-Chief (C-in-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces, HE John Dramani Mahama has revealed that government was negotiating the lease of two new Urban Military C295 Aircrafts to be deployed for operations in Mali. This was to enable to Air Force provide quality air services for the United Nations Operations in Mali upon its selection as the first African country to be given such responsibility in the aviation sector of the United Nations.

The C-in-C was speaking at the graduation parade of the Ghana Military Academy Regular Career Course 53 and Special Medical Intake 1/2013 on Friday, 30 August 2013 at the Military Academy and Training Schools, Teshie, Accra.

President Mahama also disclosed that Ghana was deliberating with the UN to upgrade the current Engineers Company in Mali to a full battalion under the new UN mandate. This he said would facilitate the battalion to play an active role in the reconstruction of Mali following the recent crisis the country had experienced.

He noted that government was aware and concerned about the challenges such as inadequate infrastructure and training facilities and other logistics constraints confronting the military. “Our focus in the next year would be to improve infrastructure including accommodation in the various military installations and barracks”, he stated.

Granting the Presidential Commission to the graduands, President Mahama urged them to discharge their duties diligently and professionally to ensure that the mandate of the GAF is achieved.

This year’s graduation has enriched the GAF Officer Corps with the 82 young officers comprising: 45 Army Officers, 17 Naval Officers and 20 Officers for the Ghana Air Force.

During the graduation ceremony, awards were given to officer cadets who distinguished themselves in the course of their training. Senior Under Officer (SUO) Darko Anthony Raphael was awarded the Sword of Honour, the Chief of Army Staff Award and the Academic Cane for being the overall best all round Officer Cadet in the Regular Career Course 53, and in Academics.

Cadet Sergeant Major (CSM) Adams Majeed Alhassan received the Military Cane for emerging the best in Military Studies while the Chief of the Defence Staff Award was given to Junior Under Officer (JUO) Boateng Yaw Amankwa who placed first in the order of merit of the Special Medical Intake 1/2013. The Chief of Naval the Staff and the Chief of Air Staff Awards went to JUO Oppong Samuel Gyan and JUO Yelbour Kwame respectively.

Ghana Engineer Company 1 Donates to Muslim Communities to Mark Eid-Ul-Fitr Festival

Chief Imam of Arkan Bun Bani Arkan Mosque at Senou Community 6 Sheik Ahmed Traore receiving food items from Maj E Nyuur   OC GHAENGCOY 1 on behalf of elders and worshipers of the Mosque.29 August 2013. The Ghana Engineer Company 1 in Mali (GHANENGCOY 1) on Thursday 8 August 2013 used the occasion of the Eid-ul-Fitr festival celebration to donate assorted food items to three Mosques in three different Muslim communities in Senou near Bamako, Mali.

The items comprised: 35 bags of rice, 32 cartons of mineral water, 40 boxes of spaghetti, seven bags of gari and three jerricans  containing 25 litres each of cooking oil.   The Officer Commanding (OC)  GHANENGCOY 1 in Mali, Maj Ernest Nyuur made the presentation on behalf of the personnel at the Masjid Faa Il-Khairaat Mosque at the Air Force Base Barracks, Senou. This was after the OC, the Imam, Lt Abdul-Rahim Yamusah and GHANENGCOY Muslims had joined their Malian counterparts to observe the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at the Masjid Faa Il-Khairaat Mosque.

Maj Nyuur explained that GHANENGCOY which operates under the umbrella of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), endeavours to assists communities, religious denominations and the needy within its catchment Area of Responsibility (AOR) as part of efforts  and foster Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC).

The Chief Imam of Masjid Faa Il-Khairaat Mosque at the Air Force Base, Senou, Imam Seydou Mamadou Koné received the items on behalf of the elders and congregants of the Mosque and thanked GHANENGCOY for the humanitarian gesture.   He praised GHANENGCOY personnel for their comportment since they co-located with them for the past six months and asked for Allah’s blessings to be bestowed on them.

The Company earlier on the eve of the Eid-ul-Fitr festival celebration also made similar presentations to Arkan Bun Bani Arkan Mosque at Senou-Medina Community Six and Grand Mosque at Senou – Medina Sukoro.   At both places, the Chief Imams of the Mosques, Sheikh Ahmed Troare and Mohammed Taggir Laahi on behalf of their respective congregations, expressed their appreciation to GHANENGCOY for showing love and compassion which is one of the cardinal principles of fasting.

Sheikh Ahmed Troare in particular, traced the historical link between Ghana and Mali which he said culminated in the formation of the Ghana – Guinea – Mali Union spearheaded by Dr Kwame Nkrumah.  He added that GHANENGCOY’s presence alone as a peacekeeping force within Senou and its environs was a relief to the inhabitants. 

GHANENGCOY Imam, Lt Abdul-Rahim Yamusah and the Chaplain Capt (Rev) Isaac Kofi Frimpong accompanied the OC to do the presentations.

Later at a reception dinner at the Sappers Mess to round-off the festival, the GHANENGCOY Imam enjoined Muslims and Non-Muslims alike to cultivate the sense of oneness irrespective of one’s religion, race and nationality. He also encouraged troops to learn to share with the needy which is one of the virtues of fasting.

The OC, Maj E Nyuur, on his part asked troops to use the occasion as a period of stocktaking to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and resolve to improve upon the latter. Maj Nyuur provided a ram to the company for the occasion.

GHANA, USA Reaffirm Friendship

21 August 2013.     A delegation from thThe CDS, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie Presenting a Plaque to Hon Ray Mabus.e United States of America, led by the Secretary of the Navy, Honourable Ray Mabus has called on the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie at his office in Burma Camp on Monday 19 August 2013.

Hon Mabus said the visit was to reaffirm the existing partnership between the two countries and also to discuss means of strengthening the support for international peace support operations. 

The CDS expressed gratitude for the visit saying that it would go a long way to improve the fraternal relations between the two countries.

Present at the ceremony were: the Chief of the Naval staff, Rear Admiral GM Biekro, Director General Defence Intelligence, Brig Gen F Iddrisu, the Chief of Staff, Brig Gen BG Saagbul and Director General Training, Cdre PK Faidoo.

Other members of the USA delegation were: Cdre Tamar Lawrance, Lt Col Kelley Jones and Lt Col Shrines Deberts.

Regional Air Chiefs Conference ends at KAIPTC

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Samson Oje addressing the participants.27 August 2013.   The three-day Regional Air Chiefs’ Conference held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has ended on Thursday, 22 August 2013 after detailed deliberations on combating security threats in the region.

Participants comprised Air Chiefs of 11 African countries and the United States Air Force Africa/Europe (USAF).

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) of the Ghana Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, in his closing remarks was optimistic that the conference had broadened the participants horizon and capacity, and placed them in a better position to appreciate the emerging and existing security threats. 

He stated that political commitment of the respective countries of participants was crucial in developing policies and systems required to strengthen regional cooperation and capacity among member countries. 

CAS was appreciative of the participants’ zeal with which they engaged in intellectual dialogue, sharing of ideas and expertise to enhance the knowledge and understanding of critical security issues.

Some of the Air Chiefs and Participants at the Symposium.Air Vice Marshal Samson-Oje also expressed gratitude to the US government, KAIPTC, USAF and all participants for their varied contributions towards the success of the conference.

African Air Forces to Strengthen Security in the Region

Commander USAF  Europe/Africa, Gen Frank Gorenc, (middle), CDS, Vice Admiral M Quashie (fourth right), COAS, Maj Gen R Opoku-Adusei (third right), CAS, AVM M Samson-Oje, (fourth left), Commandant KAIPTC, Maj Gen OB Akwa (third left) in a group picture with the Regional Air Chiefs. 20 August 2013.   The third in the series of Regional Air Chiefs Conferences commenced at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Teshie, on Tuesday 20 August 2013.

The Ghana Air Force is co-hosting the three-day conference with the United States Air Forces Africa, under the theme:  “Air Power Contributions to Irregular Warfare Operations”. It is aimed at harmonizing the efforts of the Regional Air Chiefs towards confronting the threats posed by non-state actors.

In an address, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, said security alarms such as demography of insurgency, ethnic, religious, political conflicts, state and non-state sponsored violence among others, were critical not only in Africa but the world at large. He therefore expressed hope that issues discussed would help participants to ascertain methods of combining air power with land and naval forces to resolve these conflicts. 

Vice Admiral Quashie also charged all participants to bring on board their experiences to the deliberations in order to achieve the set objectives of the conference.

The host Air Chief, Air Vice Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, gave an overview of the conference and drew participants attention to the need to tackle the menace of conflict and terrorism, which has transcended national borders.  

Delivering his keynote address, General Frank Gorenc, Commander United States Air Forces Europe/Africa, said it was imperative to disengage the efforts of Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs), by employing non-kinetic airpower while focusing on the needs of the populace.

He added that through unified action, the ability to work together, share and apply lessons learnt from the deliberations would make it less difficult to handle these issues.

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