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Ghana Armed Forces
North Dakota National Guard Sergeant Major visit’s GAF

11-14 June 2012. As part of efforts to strengthen the existing partnership between the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG), the Chief Sergeant Major (CSM) of NDNG CSM Harley Schwind and his Second in Command (2IC), David Horich, have paid a four-day working visit to GAF from the 11 to 14 June 2012.
Welcoming the CSM, the Chief of Staff, (COS) GAF General Headquarters, Commodore Geoffrey Biekro expressed his gratitude to the CSM and the NDNG for their interest and passion attached to the partnership between the NDNG and GAF since 2004.
As part of their visit, the team held a two-day seminar code named “Operation Strengthen Partnership” for some selected Non Commissioned Officers (NCO’s) of GAF at the General Headquarters Conference Hall in Burma Camp.
The participants were taken through Jungle Warfare Tactics and Communication Equipment used in the Jungle.
The team had the opportunity to visit the Headquarters of the Ghana Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), where they were briefed on the courses run in the schools, their duration and some other extra-curriculum activities of the schools.
They also visited the Jungle Warfare School at Achiase in the Eastern Region and the Army Recruit Training School at Shai Hills.
A cocktail party was later held in honour of the CSM and his 2IC at the Ghana Naval Wardroom at Flagstaff House. The Deputy Director of Training, Capt Asante Obeng gave them a smock and muffle each as Ghanaian souvenirs to remind them of their visit.
The delegation has since left the country. 


Keep yourselves in physical and mental readiness at all times- Brig Gen Tetteh Akunnor

8 June 2012.  The Chief Staff Officer (CSO) Army Headquarters, Brig Gen Emmanuel Tetteh-Akunnor and Acting Commander of the Support Services Brigade Group (Sp Svc Bde Gp) has challenged soldiers to keep themselves in a state of physical and mental readiness at all times to be able to keep up with the demanding and tough nature of the profession.
He noted that soldiers must train harder, apply courage and discipline to ensure mental robustness in all their endeavours to the service of the profession.
Brig Gen Tetteh Akunnor was speaking at the closing ceremony of the Sp Svc’s Bde Gp Inter-Unit Boxing Competition, on Friday, 8 June 2012 at the 5 Garrison Basic School Assembly Hall, in Burma Camp, Accra.
The boxers for the event were drawn from the various units under the Sp Svc’s Bde Gp which composes of, Base Workshop, Base Ordnance Depot, Forces Pay Office, Defence Signal Regiment and the Support Services Brigade Group Headquarters Camp.
They were put into two groups of red and blue to compete for an opportunity to be selected to represent the Formation at the Army Inter-Formation Boxing Competition.
The two day event produced healthy competition, with individual boxers exhibiting various skills of self-defence with courage and endurance.
At the end of the competition, team red emerged overall best with 42 points as against team blue with 36 points.
Awards were presented to outstanding boxers, with the Best Female Boxer Award going to Signal Woman Boadi Achiaa Cecelia of the Defence Signal Regiment while L/Cpl Erzoah of Forces Pay Corps, took the Best Male Award.
Brig Gen Tetteh Akunnor congratulated the competitors for showing good sportsmanship during the competition and advised them not to use the skills acquired unnecessarily but rather apply it in a just and honourable manner.

5Bn Commissions New Unit Colours

27 June 2012.  After 51 years of re-formation and 44 years of service, the 5 Infantry Battalion (5Bn) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), on Wednesday 27 June 2012, held a colourful parade to decommission their old worn out colours and consecrate new set of colours.

Speaking as the reviewing officer of the parade, the Chief Staff Officer (CSO) at the Army Headquarters and Acting General Officer Commanding, Southern Command (GOC S/Comd), Brig Gen Emmanuel Tetteh-Akunnor, indicated that the consecration of the new colours was to pave way for the unit to preserve the honour of the Battalion and also be able to commence its usage when embarking on operations, regimental, ceremonial and national parades.

He noted, “The National and Regimental Colours you have received today should rejuvenate your resolve to remain loyal to Ghana and be duty bound to serve in the Armed Forces anytime anywhere even at the peril of your lives.”

Brig Gen Tetteh-Akunnor explained that the colours were the soul of the Unit; they served as a source of honour, unity, strength and a symbol of authority of every unit and therefore must be guarded as such.

He added that historically, during battles and operations, the colours became the rallying point for troops, saying the loss or capture of it was a considerable disgrace, therefore officers and men at a battle would rather tear their colours and distribute it among themselves than have it fall into the hands of the enemy.

He reminded the troops that the watchdog role of the Unit over the nation’s capital always placed onerous responsibility on the Battalion, saying “it is gratifying to note that, the Battalion has over the years lived up to expectation in ensuring peace and stability in the Greater Accra Region”.

He commended the Battalion and its personnel deployed on numerous internal operations (Op Calm Life, Halt, Safe, Boafo etc.) for their high sense of professionalism and selfless devotion to duty.
He further urged them to strive to protect the high professional profile of the Ghana Army and direct all their efforts at ensuring peace, security and progress, “the emerging security trend in our society in recent times places immense challenges on security personnel, these daunting challenges must however be approached with a lot of tact, decisiveness and boldness to effectively and efficiently create that enabling environment for sound economic growth, social and political stability as well as uninterrupted national development,” he added.

With the authority of the Military High Command, Brig Gen Tetteh-Akunnor, decommissioned the old and worn out colours of the Unit and commissioned the new consecrated colours to be used in the Ghana Armed Forces as appropriate and precisely by the 5Bn.

The colours have on it the following battle honours of the Battalion over the past years: Ashanti 1873-74, Narungombe, Kamina, Cameroun 1914-16, Ashanti 1900, East Africa 1916-18, Duala and Congo 1960-64.
The new colours have been designed to also include and reflect the following recent operational honours of the Battalion: Sinai, Lebanon, Liberia and Sierra Leone.


Military-Police to draft Standing Operating Procedures for joint operations. (SOP’s)

26 June 2012.  The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Ghana Police Service (GPS) have established a joint Military-Police Committee to draft Standing Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for joint military and police internal operations.

According to the Chief of Staff (COS), General Headquarters, Cdre Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, this step was as a result of recommendations from a Ministerial Committee which was set up a few years ago to investigate disturbances between individual policemen and soldiers.

 He noted that the Committee among other recommendations suggested that there was the need for efficient collaboration and cooperation between military and police personnel during joint operations.

He added that the top hierarchy of the GAF and Police Service believed that in addition to other necessary measures, these SOP’s would greatly improve both personal and working relations between the two groups.

The COS pointed out that the military and police were very key agencies of the security establishment in the country and therefore should work together to preserve the peace of the country and make it a secured environment especially in the upcoming general elections.

“We also expect that the SOPs will lay down concrete framework for the maintenance of conducive and peaceful  environment in the country, as military and police personnel operate effectively, efficiently and harmoniously together,” he noted.

 Cdre Biekro seized the opportunity to appeal to members of the public to desist from drawing wedges between the two establishments or overblowing such infractions. “These tendencies do not augur well for the peace we must all maintain and which must prevail throughout the country,” he emphasised.

The conference was attended by the Director General Joint Operations at GAF General Headquarters, Brig Gen Dan Kwaku Mishio, Director General Operations of the Police Service, COP John Kudalor and other officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Police Service.


Ghana Marks AU Day

25 May, 2012.  Ghana joined other African states to commemorate the 49th Anniversary of the African Union (AU) on Friday 25 May 2012, with a declaration to work with other member states of the union to maintain peace and security on the continent. A Flag Raising Ceremony was held at the Forecourt of the state House in Accra to mark the day.

The Minister of the Interior, Honourable William Akwasi Aboah, who addressed the ceremony said, AU Day was not just an ordinary day but it symbolised the unity of Africa. The governments continued commitment to the ideas and principles of the AU as enshrined in the constitutive Act towards bettering the lot of African people, particularly the poor and vulnerable.

He said this year’s theme “Boosting Inter African Trade” was in recognition of the importance the AU and its leaders attached to the youth on the continent as critical partners in sustainable development in their respective countries.

Honourable William Aboah, expressed regret that although the AU provided an important forum for deliberations on vital issues affecting the Continent, Africa still faced a lot of challenges such as political unrest,  undemocratic governance, conflicts and civil wars, poor living conditions, electoral dispute and denial of change over of power in African countries.

Notwithstanding those shortcomings, the Minister however expressed the belief that African leaders were reminded constantly, inspired and challenged by their shared commitment to harness every available resource for the achievement of sustainable peace and development.

Delivering the AU Chairman’s address, the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, Mr  Sanou said  the OAU was formed by 53 African countries and was re-structured AU  some years ago. He lamented the case of low growth and productivity of African economy, financial challenges in Africa as trade was a political tool of growth in African integration programme.  Mr Sanou underscored the need to strengthen the dynamics of youth towards providing a wide range of policy initiatives and programmes designed to give hope to people on the Continent.

The parade was made up of two contingents from the Ghana Navy, and the Navy band commanded by Lt Cdr Roger Bagoniah in attendance. 

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