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Ghana Armed Forces

GOC Southern Command Brig Gen Adeti gives the opening address30 October 2015. The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has conducted its annual Land Combat Fire Power Demonstration at the Bundase Training Camp on Friday, 30 October 2015.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC)  Southern Command Brigadier General Sampson Adeti said the Exercise Code named ‘Green Tarantula’ was to demonstrate to Ghanaians the preparedness and readiness of GAF to combat future belligerent.

He noted that the aim of the exercise was to demonstrate the land combat capabilities of GAF and also to illustrate to students of GAFCSC Course 37, troops on training for peacekeeping operations and individuals present how it have developed it tactical doctrines, and concept of operations.

Hon Gilbert Adjei and his entourage at a  machine gun stand.The GOC added that the exercise was also to sharpen the skills of troops in the employment and application of their respective tactics, techniques and procedures to build synergy and cohesion of the combat support and combat service supports units of GAF.

‘Building confidence of participants as individuals in their equipment and teams is still the warriors’ spirit of command and it enhances team work’ he said. This year’s exercise was hosted by infantry battalion (2BN) under the auspices of the Southern Command.

Soldiers ready for combatPresent at the event were the Greater Accra Regional Minister Hon Nii Afotey Agbo, Deputy Minister of Defence, Hon Kenneth Gilbert Adjei, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Geoffery Mawuli Biekro, Chief Staff Officer Army HQ, Brigadier General Abu, Commandant Support Services Brigade, Brigadier Musah Wadjah, Chief Staff Officer Air force HQ, Air Commodore Nyadodui, Deputy Director Plans, Research and Development, Commodore SW Anim, Senior Officers, men and invited guest.

Military Personnel Pay TV License Fees

Brig Gen Adeti making payment to GBC officials.The Headquarters Southern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces in collaboration with the management of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) have organized personnel from the various units under the command to pay their TV license fees.

The exercise which took place at the premises of the Headquarters at Teshie was an initiative borne by the General Officer Commanding the Southern Command of the Ghana Army, Brigadier General SK Adeti in partnership with his Unit Commanders as well as troops and their families.

In an interview, Brigadier General Adeti stated that the soldiers joined the exercise voluntarily and were organized with the view to creating the necessary awareness among personnel of other units of the military.

Cross Section of troops standing-by to pay their TV license fee.He also stated that the exercise was in response to the GBC’s vision in getting the citizenry who own TV sets to pay for their licenses. This he said will eventually imbibe in the soldiers and the populace the habit of voluntarily paying the TV license fees.

In addition, Brigadier General Adeti stated that the Ghana Armed Forces is one of the institutions that  plays the frontline role as far as national events are concerned. He announced that plans were far advanced to sustain the exercise in garrisons across the country with the introduction of designated payment offices within the barracks.

The team from GBC led by the Deputy Director of Finance in charge of coordinating the payment of the TV license fees, Pastor Ebenezer Botwi congratulated Brigadier General Adeti for his initiative and commended the troops for their active participation.

17 Ceremonial Change of Guards at the Presidency held

A spectacular display by the Army contigent.12 October 2015.  The 17 ceremonial guard changing parade held at the Flagstaff house witnessed Air Force Contingent handing over guard duties to Army Contingent on Thursday, 12 October 2015.

The relevance of the ceremony in the Ghana Armed Forces is to embrace unity in diversity, where all the three arms of service (Army, Navy and Air Force) come together for a common purpose. It also instills strict discipline in personnel, which is an essential tool for national cohesion and development.

Airforce contigent under the command of Flt Lt Agyenim-BoatengThe Presidential Guard Changing instituted on 5 May 2013, is similar to the Guard Changing ceremony at Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom. It is conducted with 20 each of old and new guards from different services or regiments of the military escort contingent, corps  of drums and the National or Regimental colours, under the command of a Captain or its equivalent. It is a replica of the guard changing system at the general headquarters Command gate.

The Vice President, H.E. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Service Commanders were present at the ceremony.

The new guard under the command of Captain Amankwah Frederick displayed a magnificent silence drill to grace the ceremony. The Air Force and the Armed Forces Central Band under the commands of WO1 Gyani Foster, Staff Sgt Agbakpe Christopher and Sgt Abaka Edward played indigenous Ghanaian music to the admiration of all.The Vice President HE Kwesi Amissah-Arthur present at the ceremony.

Some of the invited guests to witness the ceremony were school children and head teachers, drawn from Alajo 2 primary and 3 Junior High School and Labone SDA church school.

President Mahama Commissions 86 Officer Cadets

Cadet CSM Salifu S receives the Academic Cane22 October 2015.  The President of Ghana and the Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), HE John Dramani Mahama has commissioned 86 Officer Cadets of the Ghana Military Academy (GMA) at the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) on Thursday, 22 October, 2015.

The graduation parade was made up of Cadets of Regular Career Course (RCC) 55 and Short Service Commission (SSC) and Special Duties Course (SDC) 53.
Addressing the graduation parade, President Mahama seized the opportunity to congratulate the graduating officers for going through a challenging training and becoming commissioned officers of the country.

HE John Dramani Mahama addressing the parade The President noted that, the high standard of discipline and pride which was exhibited through the explicit drills displayed signifies that, the standard of training was in no way being diluted.

He urged the graduating cadets to keep focus and bear in mind that, the spirit of selfless devotion to duty and sacrifice which they are to uphold, commenced immediately they marched off the square.

“I am very passionate about the selfless devotion and sacrifice characteristics of the Armed Forces because, these are virtues which are markedly dwindling in the Ghanaian society. These virtues were displayed in the response of the 48 Engineers Regiment and the Ghana Armed Forces Medical Corps during the 3 June 2015 disaster in Accra for which I must commend them and the other security services who responded to that disaster’’, he stated.

Chief of Naval Staff (Left) Chief of Air Staff (Middle) and Commander of GMA. However, President Mahama said the provision of adequate equipments for the smooth operation of the Armed Forces and other security services have become a major challenge and that his government would continue to take pragmatic steps to ensure that GAF and the various security services were equipped and resourced in order to play their mandated roles effectively.

JUO Dzoku PEA receives Chief of Defence Staff award.“In this direction, the government will therefore strongly support the plan to upgrade the existing structures within GMA. Following my discussion with high command to increase the intake of cadets and also the infrastructural base of the GMA to place it at par with other academics in other parts of the globe; a bill of quantities for a proposed new Academy complex has been presented to me for study. I want to assure you the proposal is receiving the needed attention it deserves’’, the C-in-C stressed.

Awards were given to officer cadets who distinguished themselves during the course of their training.  C/CQMS Okan ET was awarded the Chief of the Air staff’s award, the Chief of the Naval Staff’s award went to JUO Arthur D, the Chief of the Army Staff’s award also went to SUO Odoi R and the Chief of the Defence Staff award was received by JUO Dzoku PEA.

JUO Azalekor AK was awarded the Military cane for being the best in  Military Studies, S/Cdt Lawson GN took the best female award  and SUO Odoi R was awarded the Sword of Honour for being the best all round Officer Cadet in the RCC 55.


German Defence Advisor calls on CDS

German Defence Advisor Lt Col Brillisauer and his team received in the office of CDS by COAS Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei.6 October 2015.  The German Defence Advisor based in Abuja, Nigeria, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Lugwig Wolfgang Brillisauer paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence of the Ghana Armed Forces Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie at his office on 6 October 2015.

The German Defence Advisor was welcomed to the office of the Chief of the Defence Staff by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Richard Opoku-Adusei on behalf of the CDS currently out of the country on an official assignment. The Chief of Army Staff said Ghana and Germany had a long standing relationship and partnership.

Lt Col Brillisauer and his team in a group photograph with COAS Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei.He commended the German Government for its continuous support to the Ghana Armed Forces and the country as a whole. He thanked them for the support they offered the Ghana Armed Forces during the construction of the 37 military hospital and other projects

The Chief of Army Staff indicated that, the Ghana Armed Forces had only one peacekeeping training centre at Bundase. He therefore appealed to the Defence Advisor and the German Government to support them in the construction of a second peacekeeping training centre at Daboya in the Northern Region. He also appealed to the German Government to help the country’s Navy to acquire more patrol boats to help combat piracy and other maritime crimes.

Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei presenting a plaque to Lt Col Brillisauer.The German Defence Advisor Lt Col Thomas Lugwig Wolfgang Brillisauer on his part recommended that the Ghana Armed Forces make an official application for the acquisition of the type of patrol boat the country needs. He said the German gov’t will be glad to aid the country acquire the type of patrol boat it needs.

He commended the Ghana Armed Forces for it continuous contribution of troops to serve with the United Nations peacekeeping missions. The Chief of Army Staff presented a plaque to the German Defence Advisor. The Chief of Army Staff on behalf CDS, Officers and men of the Ghana Armed Forces congratulated the people of German on the celebration of the ‘’Re-unification day’’ of Germany.

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