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Lt Col Appiah Commends US African Command
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27 September 2013. Lt Col Gordon Appiah has commended the facilitators from the United States African Command for a good performance exhibited during a five-day Defence Medical Training Workshop. 

He explained that the workshop had given them an insight on Tactical Combat Casualty Care and promised that everything that had been taught would be put into good use.

Lt Col Appiah made these statements at the closing ceremony of the Defence Medical Training Workshop on Friday, 27 September 2013 at the Post-Graduate College of the 37 Military Hospital, Accra.

He further stated that the report of the workshop would be forwarded to the Medical Directorate to see how best it could be incorporated into the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Training Schools to educate troops on how to handle issues on Tactical Combat Casualty Care.

Capt. Amado Strong from the US African Command expressed gratitude to the GAF for their immense support throughout the workshop.

He also thanked the participants for the co-operation and for their important contributions throughout the workshop.

Certificates were presented to the 16 participants.

 

 
A/GOC’S Interview with Newly Commissioned Officers Posted to Units under Command
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2 October 2013. The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), Southern Command, Colonel Sampson Kudjo Adeti has advised young officers of intake 53 of the Ghana Military Academy to seek the face of God in their career as professional officers of the Ghana Army.

He noted that they must interact and have cordial relationships with their colleagues and subordinates. He made these remarks when he had a formal interview with twenty newly Commissioned Officers, some of whom are undergoing regimental training at the various units of the Command on Wednesday 2 October, 2013.

Col Adeti advised them to be loyal to the State, the President, Unit and the Command as a whole. He added that they should defend the Constitution at all times even at the peril of their lives, as a reminder of the Oath of Commission. He said they should do their jobs diligently and work together as a team in order for them to imbibe the rudiments of their units.

The Acting GOC also urged the young officers to exhibit a high level of professionalism in their routine and operational activities, especially with the civil populace. He further entreated them to restrain themselves in the face of extreme provocation and also eschew all negative tendencies that had the potential of dragging the name of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) into disrepute.

He noted that it was imperative for them to prepare for more challenging times ahead as more would be expected of them. He was confident that the young officers would be more poised and would continuously dedicate themselves to accomplish the task ahead.

He cautioned them that they should not see the institution as a money-making avenue but should be guided by the principles of the profession.

Present at the meeting were Commanding Officers from 1Bn, 2Bn, 64 Infantry Regiment, 66 Arty Regiment, Recce Regiment and Commander Rear of 5Bn and 48 Engineer Regiment.

 
Prof Awoonor’s Remains Arrives Home
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21 September 2013. The mortal remains of the Late Professor Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor who was also the former Chairman of the Council of State has arrived in Ghana on Wednesday 25 September 2013.

The casket draped in the National colours arrived by a Kenyan Airline at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) amidst tight security detail from the Ghana Armed Forces and Police service.

A solemn ceremony held at the tarmac of the KIA was preceded with traditional rites performed by the family before receiving the remains of the Professor Awoonor from the military Pall bearers.  

The late Professor Awoonor, aged 78 was among 76 shoppers who lost their lives in a terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab militants at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi Kenya on Saturday 21 September 2013.

The late Chairman of the Council of State, who was a celebrated poet and a politician, was billed to lecture at the National Museum of Kenya on the ticket of the University of Nairobi when he met his untimely death.

The family spokesperson, Professor Kofi Anyidoho said the family would have a private funeral service on 3 October, 2013 while the State would have a memorial service on 11 October, 2013.

The final funeral rites would be held at his home town Wheta in the Volta Region on 9 November 2013.

 

 
President John Mahama Commends Personnel of Ghana Engineer Company 1
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19 September 2013. The President, John Dramani Mahama has commended personnel of Ghana Engineer Company 1 (GHANENGCOY 1), currently on Peacekeeping/Support Operation in Mali as part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) under the command of Major Ernest Begyire Nyuur for their high level of professionalism exhibited in the discharge of their duties.

The President stated that the good works they executed under the turbulent days of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) had made it possible for them to be wearing blue berets today adding that, their integrity and performance had never been in doubt.

“Any where our soldiers have gone on peacekeeping operations, they always give a good account of themselves and I’m happy you have maintained that tradition” he added.

The President, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces was speaking at a Guard of Honour parade mounted in his honour by personnel of Ghana Engineer Company 1 and commanded by Capt Maxwell Essuman at the Company’s location on 19 September 2013. 

The President visited the troops to acquaint himself with their operations and encouraged them to work hard. This was after he had earlier joined other Heads of State to grace the inauguration of newly elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali.

His Excellency John Mahama added that he was doing everything possible to ensure that all the engineering equipment needed at the mission area were provided to enable the Company discharge its duties efficiently.  He disclosed that government was going through the procurement process and in due course, everything would be finalized.

The Commander-in-Chief also informed the troops that the Ghana Air Force may soon be launched into MINUSMA’s theatre to provide air services as part of Ghana’s commitment to the maintenance of global peace.  He said negotiations were far advanced with the UN in this respect and Ghana would provide two Casa 295 if the contract finally goes through.

The Contingent Commander and the Officer Commanding GHANENGCOY 1, Col Peter Ghansah and Maj Ernest Begyire Nyuur briefly conducted President John Mahama and his entourage to inspect some of the Company’s equipment. Some of the members of the entourage included the Minister of Information and Media Relations, Hon Mahama Ayariga and Col Abu Alhassan, Chief Staff Officer (CSO) Army Headquarters.  Also present, was Ghana’s Ambassador to Mali, HE Donald Adabere Adabre.

Touching on Ghana-Mali relations, HE revealed that Ghana’s first President is much revered by Malians to the extent that a roundabout named in his memory was renovated in 2010 during Mali’s 50th Independence Anniversary and renamed Nkrumah Avenue. 

Ghanaians living in Mali he noted were also held in high esteem and was therefore happy that GHANENGCOY had proved to be worthy ambassadors of Ghana by raising the flag of Ghana high.

Ghana Engineer Company 1 was on parade during the inauguration ceremony of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as the Colour party team with the UN colours.

 
Managing Defence in a Wider Security Context Course Ends
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9-20 September 2013. A two-week course on Managing Defence in a Wider Security Context has been held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre on Monday 9 to Friday 20 September 2013 in Accra.

Thirty-five participants including members of the Defence and Interior Sub-Committee of Parliament participated in the course which was organized and sponsored by the Cranfield University and the British Government.  The other participants were drawn from the various Security Services, Ghana Journalists Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) among others. 

The course was aimed among others to provide participants with a valuable opportunity for them to broaden their knowledge on a wide variety of new information, interpretations and ideas pertaining to evolving defence and security issues in Ghana and Africa. It was also aimed at promoting professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness in the security and defence as well as public sectors.

Delivering his closing remarks, the Minister for Defence, Hon Mark Owen Woyongo who was also the Guest of Honour for the occasion said the course was expected to help Parliament deepen its understanding of the dynamics in the running of the defence and security sector.  He stated that it was important to keep pace with the new paradigm of managing defence within the wider security context to enable the security sector position itself to serve the nation more effectively and efficiently.

On her part, the Deputy British High Commissioner to Ghana, HE Caron Rohsler said the two weeks course had offered the opportunity to discuss and reflect on some of the many challenges associated with the development and management of defence and security policies.

She challenged the participants to maintain the momentum generated in the forum as solutions are explored to the varied security related challenges. She pledged the United Kingdom’s readiness to contribute and assist in management of defence issues.

HE Caron Rohsler expressed gratitude to the visiting staff from Cranfield University and the United Kingdom Defence Academy for their expertise and guidance in making the course a success.  Participants were presented with certificates after the course.

 
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