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Ghana Armed Forces

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

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.

CDS, Security Chiefs discuss Security Issues

4 AugustThe CDS, Vice Admiral M Quashie, the Inspector General of Police, Mr MA Alhassan and some of the Security Chiefs depart after the meeting at the Police Headquarters. 2013.   The Chief of the Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, has met with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, Acting Director of Prisons, Madam Matilda Baffour-Awauh, Chief Fire Officer, Brig Gen JBE Guyiri and representatives from other Security Services to discuss issues bordering on security ahead of the declaration of the election petition verdict at the Supreme Court.

At a meeting at the office of the IGP at the Headquarters on 30 July 2013, the IGP said since the election petition hearing at the Supreme Court, the Ghana Police Service had being doing its best to maintain law and order and for this reasons he has invited all the Service Chiefs to dialogue on the next line of action before and after the verdict at the Supreme Court.

Mr. Alhassan said the meeting was also to brief the CDS and other Security Heads on the plans the Police Service had put in place to protect lives and properties in the unlikely event of any confusion.  He later disclosed that about 29,670 Police Officers are to be deployed.

COP John Kudalor, Director General of Operations gave a presentation on the theme: Police Preparation to Maintain Law and Order before, during and after the declaration of the 2012 Election Petition.

The CDS on his part called for team building at all times to ensure effective maintenance of peace and security in the country. He disclosed that there will be a route match on 7 August, 2013 to assure the public of the readiness of the security services to protect and maintain law and order in the country.

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.

‘Nursing is an Art’ – CNS

The CNS, Rear Admiral GM Biekro in a group photograph with the Nurses. 3 August 2013.  The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral GM Biekro has noted that nursing was an art which required an exclusive devotion.

He explained that as meticolous as a painter or sculptor would embark on his work, Nurses had to apply the same zeal in the provision of their services.

The CNS made these statements at the opening ceremony of the Military Nightingale’s Week celebration on Wednesday, 31 July, 2013 at the 37 Military Hospital Officer’s Mess.  The celebration was on the theme “Nursing in the 21st Century; The Role of the Military Nurse”.

Rear Admiral Biekro commended all the Nurses in the hospital and said it marked the first time that Nurses of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) were celebrating the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, as a group.

He reminded everyone that Florence Nightingale was a person who raised the stature of nursing from an unskilled profession to a medical profession and it was worth noting that modern nursing started on the battlefield with her, which was a reflection of what uniformed nurses did.

“Celebrating such heroes and heroines is very important as it is said that a nation that does not honour its heroes is not worth dying for. Indeed, you are all worthy of being celebrated because of the invaluable contributions you have made for the Ghana Armed Forces Medical Service and the nation as a whole”, he added.

As part of the celebration there will be workshops, seminars and awards for some Nurses for their dedication and selflessness to the profession.

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