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Ghana Armed Forces
Lt Col GK Tawiah Sam assumes command of 2BN

1 August 2012.   Lt Col George Kwamina Tawiah Sam has taken over command of the 2 Infantry Battalion (2Bn) in the Western Region during a handing and taking over ceremony at the Myohaung Barracks, Apremdo, on Wednesday, 1 August 2012.

He took over office as the 26 Commanding Officer (CO) of the Unit from Lt Col Albert kwejo Dawohoso, the outgoing CO.
In his remarks, Lt Col Dawohoso urged the new CO to continue to maintain the existing civil-military relations in Region in order to enhance good working conditions with the indigenes.

He implored soldiers of the Unit to extend to the new CO the selfless support they gave him (Lt Col Dawohoso) while he was in office which enabled him to have a very successful term. He asked them to continue their hard work and dedication to duty and always heed to the instructions of their new CO.

Lt Col GKT Sam expressed his gratitude to the out-going CO for opening up to him and sharing with him the experiences he had acquired as a CO of the Unit. He was very grateful to Lt Col Dawohoso for giving him details on some vital problems pertaining to the region, gallamsey operations and encroachment on military lands.

Climaxing the ceremony was a colorful display from the unit band and a pull out ceremony of the former CO, Lt Col Dawohoso, by the Officers and Warrant Officers of the Battalion. 
The handing and taking over ceremony was preceded by a religious church service at the 2Bn Methodist/ Presbyterian Church on Sunday, 29 July 2012 where the Lt Col Dawohoso thanked God for seeing him through his eight years of service as CO of the Battalion.

While the new Commanding officer also dedicated his term of duty to the Almighty God, asking for protection, wisdom and strength to enable him have a successful term and improve the development of the Unit.
He also prayed for good health for his troops and their families.

RECCE CO donates to 3 Garrison education unit

13 July 2012.  Lt Col Ben Gah, Commanding Officer (CO) of the Amoured Reconnaissance Regiment, has donated sports items to the 3 Garrison Education Unit. The donation which comprised of a set of football jerseys, two footballs and one basketball and a double door refrigerator was part of the CO’s maiden two-day working visit to the 2 Independence Recce Squadron in 3 Garrison, Sunyani, from 12 to 13 July 2012.

According to the CO, the visit was to enable him familiarise himself with all the squadrons under his command after taking over office as commanding officer of the Amoured Reconnaissance Regiment.
He said the visit was also to help acquaint himself with the operational, logistics and administration of the squadrons and know their challenges in other to chart a path to provide better conditions of service to the troops to enable them live up to expectation.

The Officer commanding (OC) of the 2 Recce Squadron, Maj A Mark briefed the CO on the operational, logistics and administrative matters of the squadron.

The OC later conducted the CO round the squadron and the barracks. The inspection tour took the CO to the squadron stores, the Armoured Training School, the Junior Ranks Mess, armoured garage and the barracks accommodations.
Lt Col Gah entreated the OC to continue with the training of troops as it formed the bedrock of every successful institution, assuring him (OC) of making funds available to help solve some of the challenges facing the squadron.

In a durbar with all ranks at the Squadron conference room, Lt Col Gah asked the troops to avoid engaging themselves in alcoholism as it was becoming a norm amongst troops. He asked them to always try to be of good behavior and heed to the instructions of officers put in charge of them.

As part of the visit, Lt Col Gah called on the 3 Garrison Commander, Lt Col CK Lithur, in the latter’s office.


Time          Event                        Responsibility   Remark
0600hrs      Viewing by
                 general public             State protocol

1030hrs      Viewing by BAR
                 Association, Old
                 Achimotans Ass,
                 UTAG                         State Protocol

1100hrs      Viewing by Chiefs&
                 Queen Mothers            State Protocol

1130hrs      Viewing by Identifiable
                 Groups                       State Protocol

1900hrs      End of Viewing             State Protocol

1900hrs      Night of Tribute and Prayers

                  a. Open air Congrgational   Hon Elvis Afriyie
                      Vigil Service                  Ankrah/ State Protocol

                 b. Cultural Display at 
                    Forecourt of State House   

2359hrs      c. End of Vigil                     State Protocol



Continue to position Ghana and GAF high globally, -C-in-C

15 August 2012.    The President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), HE John Dramani Mahama, has called on GAF to continue their hard work to position Ghana and GAF at the forefront in the fight against poverty, deprivation, underdevelopment and the peaceful resolution of conflicts globally. 

He said, “we fully appreciate the role that our Armed Forces is playing in keeping internal and international peace.  Your professionalism in peacekeeping missions has made Ghana a household name throughout the world and we should jealously guard and defend this enviable status”.

The President was speaking at his first official engagement outside the Castle after the funeral rites of the late President Prof JEA Mills, as the Guest of Honour at the graduation ceremony for students of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) Course 33, on Wednesday 15 August 2012, at the college auditorium.

He noted that Government was fully appreciative of the important contribution of GAF to the socio-economic development of the country, and was committed to making GAF more effective and efficient through the acquisition of modern equipment. 

The President congratulated the graduands who had been awarded ‘psc’ (passed staff course) and Post Graduate Diploma in Defence and Conflicts Studies, Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy, and Governance and Leadership. 

“I must emphasise that the knowledge gained should equip you to deal with contemporary challenges of our time.  You should be objective and not antagonistic in applying the knowledge that you have acquired,” he told the students.

The C-in-C asked the graduands to be guided by what they had learnt and remember the country was still systematically advancing in its political development and the forthcoming elections would be crucial to its stability, stressing, “you will be required to play your roles professionally and effectively in all your assignments.” 

He called on graduands from sister countries to continuously remember that the training they had received was not an end in itself, but that their various countries would demand returns from the confidence reposed in them by sending them to Ghana to train. 

President Mahama asked them to let the training received be another launch-pad for a better understanding among sister African countries to provide the necessary impetus for regional and sub-regional integration.

The Commandant of the College, Maj Gen Kwesi Yankson, in his address revealed that an initial funding of GH¢350.000.00 (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis) has been allocated by GETFund to start the construction of a 50 unit self-contained accommodation facility to support the academic faculty.

This project he noted was a promise by President Mahama, then Vice President at the commissioning of the College’s auditorium on 21 March 2012.

He seised the occasion to congratulate the HE John Dramani Mahama for his elevation to the high office of President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of GAF and also thanked him for accepting to honour their invitation.

Awards were given to students who had distinguished themselves throughout their 11 months of study. Maj Emmanuel Kojo Appiah took the Honour Graduate Award as the overall best student for the Course.

The 61 graduands were made up of 40 Ghanaians (37 military, two police officers and one fire officer) and 21 allied students from Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.


TIME           EVENT                  RESPONSIBILITY         REMARKS
0700 HRS    Arrival of Family     State Protocol/           Forecourt of 
                 Asafo Groups          GHQ (PR)                 State House
                 Religious Heads
0800 HRS   Arrival of Casket     State Protocol/           Forecourt of 
                                            GHQ (PR)                 State House

0900 HRS   Prayers                  Most Rev Emmanuel   Assisted by Religious 
                                            Asante                      Leaders
0920 HRS   Arrival of CDS,IGP,          State Protocol/ 
                Ministers of Interior/        GHQ (PR)
0930 HRS   Arrival of Vice President         State Protocol/ 
                and Spouse                         GHQ (PR) 
0940 HRS   Arrival of HE the President      State Protocol/  
                and First Lady                       GHQ (PR)   
0950 HRS   Arrival of Widow,                   State Protocol/ 
                HE Dr Naadu Mills                  GHQ (PR) 
                and Son 
a.President and First Lady,                             State Protocol/ 
Vice President and Spouse, Widow and Son       GHQ (PR) 
b. COS/NSA/Ministers of State
c. Madam Speaker and Parliamentary Leadership
d. Chief Justice and Delegation
e. Council of State
f. Ex-President and Spouses/Ex-Vice President
g. NDC Delegation (NEC)
h. Diplomatic Corps
i. Members of Parliament
j. Retired Generals
k. Service Chiefs
l. Representatives of other Political Parties
m. Heads of Religious Bodies 

1300-1900 HRS    Viewing by Public      State Protocol 
1900-2359 HRS    Vigil Night Starts       Hon Elvis Afriyie Ankrah/
                                                      State Protocol 

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