Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Ghana Armed Forces
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.


16 August 2013.  Naval CVice Admiral Matthew Quashie (CDS) receives Distinguished Alumnus Star Award.aptain Seth Amoama of the Ghana Navy has emerged the best all round participant of Course 21 of the National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja, Nigeria. This is the first time an international participant has emerged as the best all round graduate in the 21-year history of the College.

He was accordingly awarded the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Award. Additionally, Naval Captain Amoama received the Vice-President of Nigeria’s Award and Ghana’s Chief of Defence Staff’s (CDS’) Award for his excellent performance.

At the same ceremony Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, the CDS of Ghana who was present, and also an alumni of Course 10 of the College, was honoured with the Distinguished Alumnus Star Award while the Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Major General Richard Opoku-Adusei, Chief of the Army Staff , an alumni of Course 14. His award was received on his behalf by Commodore Frank Daley, Ghana’s Defence Attaché at the Ghana High Commission in Abuja.
Also in attendance at the graduation ceremony was Mrs Irene Maamah, Acting Head of Mission, Ghana High Commission in Abuja.

Addressing the graduands, President Goodluck Jonathan urged members of the Armed Forces to explore new strategies and means to tackle the security challenges facing Nigeria and other parts of the world. In a speech read on his behalf by Senate President David Mark, President Jonathan stated that national and regional security in the 21st century was determined by forces that operate within and beyond national borders.

He noted that confronting these new threats require new thinking, new approaches and greater sophistication in equipment and capabilities. He therefore called on the Armed Forces to remain eternally vigilant to reduce vulnerability as they constantly review their strategies.

Naval Captain Seth Amoama receives his awards.Earlier, the Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral TJ Lokoson reported that 131 graduating participants were inaugurated on 10 September 2012. He said the participants were privileged to have studied in an environment known for its high standard of discipline, morale value and excellence in academics. He urged all to apply their experiences positively and give account of themselves at all times.

The Course consisted of 50 participants from Nigerian Army, 35 from Nigerian Navy, 24 from Nigerian Air Force and two (2) each from the Nigeria Police and Department of State Security. The Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Finance as well as the Federal Road Safety Corps, National Defence College, Nigeria Prisons and the National Intelligence Agency had one (1) participant each.

Eleven (11) international participants from Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Central Africa Republic, Gabon, Guinea Conakry, Niger, Sierra Leone and Togo also took part.

CDS Urged Security Personnel to Protect Integrity of State

9 August 2013.   The Chief of the Defence Staff (CCDS, Vice Admiral M Quashie (fourth right), the IGP, Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan (third left) and other Security Services Chiefs partake in the route march.DS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, has reminded personnel of the Security Services of their noble and solemn duty to protect the integrity of the state and the peace and stability currently enjoyed by the country.  He noted that without these conditions, no meaningful development can be realized, and Ghanaians risk self-destruction.

The CDS made this statement when he addressed Security Services personnel at the El-Wak Sports Stadium after a 10 kilometre show of flag route march through some principal streets of Accra on Wednesday, 7 August 2013.

The route march was aimed at assuring the general public of the preparedness of the Security Services to ensure peace in the country.  It also formed part of the routine training activities to enhance operational readiness, foster inter-service cooperation and esprit-de-corps as well as to maintain good physical fitness.

Vice Admiral Quashie said the training activity was planned well in advance of any ongoing political or legal development in the country and appealed to Ghanaians not to read any extraneous meaning into the exercise since it was purely a routine training activity.

He called on the personnel to be loyal to the state and remain above the political fray at all times. “The ongoing election petition at the Supreme Court demonstrates our collective determination and commitment as a nation, to resolving our differences and disagreements through civilized rather than primitive means of violence and strife”, he noted.

The CDS implored all and sundry to go the next critical step of accepting the verdict of the Supreme Court, whichever way it goes and forge ahead together as one people with a common destiny and goal.

He used the occasion to congratulate all Muslims in the world, and particularly in Ghana and in the Security Services for their sacrifice, self-denial and godliness over the month-long Ramadan period.


14 August 2013. The Chief of the Defence, the General Officer Commanding the Southern Command, Ghana Military Academy Intake 34, the entire Glawu Fiadzo, Akabutu, Kportufe, Sallah and Atakpah families, regret to announce the demise of Lt Col Jack Franklin Kofi Glawu. This sad event occurred on 4 July, 2013 at Darfur in Sudan.

Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

Thursday 22 August 2013 - Wake Keeping at St Martin’s Catholic Church, whistler Barracks at 2000hrs.

Friday 23 August 2013 - Burial Service at St. Martin’s Catholic Church, Whistler Barracks, Teshie at 0900hrs thence to the Military Cemetery, Osu for Burial.

Sunday 25 August 2013 - Memorial and Thanksgiving Service at St. Martin’s Catholic Church, Whistler Barracks at 0800hrs.

All friends and loved ones are cordially invited to join in mourning our beloved Lt Col Jack Glawu, a former Chief Operations Officer at the Southern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces

Muslims in GAF Celebrate Eidul Fitr

The former Defence Minister, Lt Gen JH Smith (rtd), former Commandant MATS, Rear Amiral MM Tahiru and other senior officers amongst the congregation at Al-Aziz Central Mosque.08 August 2013. Members of the Ghana Armed Forces fraternity who belong to the Muslim faith, together with their families guests and congregants to observe this year’s Eidul Fitr prayer and thanksgiving ceremony at the Al- Aziz Central Mosque in Burma Camp, on Thursday 08 August 2013.  The Eidul Fitr is commemorated annually by Muslims all over the world after going through a successful 30 days fasting period.

Preaching the ‘Khutba’ to mark the occasion, the Chief Imam of the Ghana Armed Forces, Sheikh Lt Col Umar Sanda Ahmed thanked Allah, the Most Gracious for the grace granted them for the successful Ramadan period. He urged all Muslims coming out from the vigorous spiritual and physical exercise spanning 30 days, to reflect on their conduct for the rest of the months ahead.

Sheikh Lt Col Umar Sanda Ahmed said “we have gone through a pre-operational training and we are obliged to exhibit the lessons learnt from the Ramadan training camp where the Qur’an was the manual.  The lessons of honesty, fellow feeling, patience and tenacity of purpose anchored in a strong desire to seek closeness to the Almighty whilst forsaking evil permanently”.

In a goodwill message by the Minister for Defence, Hon Mark Woyongo and read by the Chief Imam, he indicated that the social benefit of achieving this important aspect of the Islamic calendar enhances individual sense of discipline which is anchored on honesty and God- consciousness. He stated that the country needed all the prayers offered during the numerous sessions in all Mosques across Units of the GAF.

The Defence Minister congratulated the troops and their families for the successful Ramadan fast and hoped it would translate into virtues that promote love, personal discipline and the ability to sacrifice for the common good.

In another goodwill message read by the Chief Imam on behalf of the CDS, Vice Admiral Matthew Quarshie congratulated the Muslim faithfuls, officers, men, women, civilian employees and families for successfully undertaking this important spiritual exercise, which he believed, had  re-energized them spiritually, physically and morally for the benefit of the  noble military profession.

Present at the ceremony were the former Defence Minister, Lt Gen JH Smith (rtd), former Commandant MATS, Rear Admiral MM Tahiru and other senior officers both serving and retired.

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