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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 symbolized the Africa unity. 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 changeover 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 AU, formally OAU was formed by 53 African countries and was re-structured AU  some years ago. He lamented on the case of low growth and productivity of the 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. 

German DA Visits CDS

15 May, 2012. The leader of the German Armed Forces office of the Directorate for International Cooperation, Col Franz Berger, has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, in his office in Burma Camp on Tuesday 15 May 2012.
The visit was set to discuss the cordial relationship between the two armed forces in aspects of peacekeeping and training.
In a presentation, Lt Col Y Salifu of Department of International Peace Support Operations, in the GHQ Conference Hall, indicated that there were currently about 2658 Ghanaian military personnel  deployed all over the world helping the UN maintain peace and stability in  conflict- prone zones. He said the Ghana Armed Forces was contributing its quota to UN peace support operations with the contribution of military observers, deployment of formed troops and the provision of personnel for top appointments, among others.
On his part, the Deputy Director of Physical Training and Sports at the Department of Training, Lt Col M Bediako, outlined various contributions the German Armed Forces had made to GAF in the field of training by introducing vocational and technical training into GAF, the construction and manning of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre and the construction of the EME Training School, among others.
In his remarks, Col Franz Berger said the German Armed Forces would maintain the cordial relations with its Ghanaian counterpart to ensure a lasting peace in the sub-region.

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. 


3 Garrison donates GH¢3,300.00 for surgery of four year old hole in heart Laurencia Baidoo

6 July 2012.  The 3 Garrison Commander, Lt Col CK Lithur on behalf of officers and men of the Unit have presented a cash amount of Three Thousand and Three Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢3,300.00) to Cpl Baidoo Kinsley, to assist the soldier obtain medical care for his daughter suffering from hole-in-heart.
The presentation was at a durbar on 6 July 2012 at the Unit Chapel in Sunyani.
Miss Laurencia Baidoo, the four year old daughter of Cpl Baidoo was diagnosed with a hole- in-heart condition at the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital and needs a total of Eleven Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢11,000.00) to undergo an immediate surgery in order to save her life.
According to the Commander, the donation was a contribution from all officers and men of the Unit as a form of their support to their fellow soldier. He used the occasion to call on all personnel of the Unit to continue to show comradeship to each other and always try to help themselves in any way possible.
Cpl Baidoo expressed his profound gratitude and appreciation to the Commander and fellow soldiers for the brotherly love shown him.
He used the occasion to call on the Military High Command to also come to his aide and help save the life of his four year old hole-in-heart daughter.

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.

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