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Ghana Armed Forces
446 ARMY RECRUITS PASS OUT
Press Release

PRESS RELEASE
Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Release No.48      July 2012

The Director General Joint Operations at the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) General Headquarters, Brig Gen Daniel K Mishio, has cautioned young soldiers to distance themselves from partisan politics and focus on training to defend the State against all forms of threats, whether internal or external.
Brig Gen Mishio was speaking as the Reviewing Officer at the passing out parade of 446 recruits of Basic Infantry Training Course 1/12 at the Army Recruits Training School (ARTS), Shai Hills, on Thursday 5 July 2012.

He noted, “You will be called upon, during the fourth coming elections and in collaboration with other stakeholders to provide security to ensure free, fair and transparent election. Remember that your performance of these tasks will require that you remain politically neutral and impartial, but fair and firm”.

He advised the young soldiers not to see their new career as an opportunity to constitute themselves into unauthorised law enforcement agencies, adding that unless they were under clear orders from their superior authority, they had no business undertaking debt collection, guarding lands or settling personal disputes without recourse to due process of the law.

Brig Gen Mishio asked them to be mindful of being lured by their own relatives and friends to undertake ventures that were illegal.

He reminded them of their oath to bear true and faithful allegiance to the Republic of Ghana and obey the orders of His Excellency the President of the Republic and the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.

The Reviewing Officer further asked the young soldiers to rise to the defence of the Constitution and always abide by the laws of the State including those of the Armed Forces.

The 446 young soldiers, all male, were taken through 23 weeks of training in drills, weapon handling and marksmanship, minor tactics, field craft and physical training. Additionally, they learnt military law, military history, first aid, map reading and junior leadership.

At the end of their training, Recruit Warrant Officer Damesi Israel Wisdom was adjudged the best all round recruit. He took three out of ten prizes at stake.

Signed

E AGGREY-QUASHIE
Lieutenant Colonel
for Director Public Relations

 
REMAIN ABSOLUTELY NEUTRAL- CHIEF OF STAFF
Press Release

GHANA ARMED FORCES
 
Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241      Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Release No.38    June 2012           

The Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Commodore GM Biekro, cautioned troops to maintain their neutrality as we draw close to this year’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections. He emphasised that as soldiers, it was very important that we do not abuse the confidence reposed in the Armed Forces by the state. He was speaking during separate durbars with troops in Tamale, Yendi and Bawku when he paid a four day working visit to 6 Garrison Units between 11th and 15th June 2012 on a fact-finding mission.

The Chief of Staff disclosed that plans were far advanced to establish a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in the Western Region as part of measures to ensure security in the catchment areas of the oil fields. He  also disclosed  that two  new Diamond Aircrafts and four Helicopters have been acquired for surveillance and search and rescue operations in the country.

The Chief of Staff hinted that government has given the approval for the construction of 600 and 500 bed medical facilities at 37 Military Hospital and Kumasi Garrisons respectively.

He said as part of the Armed Forces modernization drive, an ultra modern pension house has been built in Burma Camp to administer retired service personnel in order to prevent the hustle they go through before accessing their pension benefits.

In another development, the Chief of Staff and his entourage paid a courtesy call on the Northern Regional Minister, Hon Moses Bukari Magbenga in Tamale. The Minister commended the troops deployed in the region for their selflessness and devotion to duty. He acknowledged that but for the timely intervention of the military,- the recent violence in certain parts of the region would have slipped out of control. He urged the military to be proactive and avert such clashes in the future especially as we approach this year’s general elections.

The climax of the visit was the call on the Regent of Yendi, Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakuku Andani at the Naa Gbewaa-Palace. The Regent expressed concern about the numerous conflicts in the country saying “You know the conflict areas; you therefore need to concentrate your efforts in those areas”.  He appealed to the Military High Command to ensure that troops deployed in Yendi were well equipped to make them more effective.

The Chief of Staff later called on the Municipal Chief Executive of Bawku, Hon Musah Abdulai to express his appreciation for his support for troops deployed in Bawku
Cdre Biekro was accompanied by the General Officer Commanding Northern Command, Brigadier General Richard Opoku- Adusei, the Director General, Joint Operations, Brigadier General Daniel Mishio, Director General, Personnel Administration, Brigadier General BG Saagbul, Director of Lands at the Department of Logistics, Colonel Osabutey and other senior officers from the General Headquarters.
Signed

FK AMPOBI
Major
for Director Public Relations

 

 
SOLDIERS URGED TO DISPLAY HIGH SENSE OF PROFESSIONALISM –BRIG GEN MKG AHIAGLO
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GHANA ARMED FORCES

PRESS RELEASE
Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Release No. 28   20 April 2012

The professionalism of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) as a security agency will be tested as far as the 2012 election is concerned. It is as a result of this that the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Southern Command, Brigadier General Martin Korku Gameli Ahiaglo urged Military Personnel to display a high sense of professionalism in the upcoming elections. 
He said as they prepare themselves to support the civil authority in providing the necessary security to ensure an orderly and peaceful election, it was imperative for personnel to conduct themselves professionally and remain neutral in the discharge of their duties.
Brig Gen Ahiaglo made these assertions after troops completed a 10km route march exercise dubbed “EXERCISE FAST FOOT” through some principal streets of Accra on Saturday 21 April, 2012. The aim of the exercise was to promote physical fitness and endurance. It was also to build esprit-de-corps and raise the morale of troops.
The GOC outlined measures which would guide the conduct of personnel before, during and after the 2012 elections. He pointed out that there was the need for soldiers to remain alert and neutral.
He further stated that the Constitution of Ghana enjoined every Ghanaian citizen who was above 18 years to exercise their democratic rights in elections. He reminded the troops that they had the immutable right to register and vote for any candidate of their choice. “What we are barred from doing is active partisan politics, while still in active military service. I urge you all to endeavour to register, whether you will vote or not.” He reilerated.

In line with Military Code of Conduct and Values, Brig Gen Ahiaglo noted that soldiers must always conduct themselves in the most professional manner. He, therefore, warned them not to use their uniform and weapons to intimidate or molest their civilian counterparts.
 The 10 km March started from the El-Wak Sports Stadium through Accra Girls to the Nima Roundabout, Ako Adjei Interchange and through Cantonment. It was made up of 30 Officers and 250 men and women drawn from the Southern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces.
The GOC stated that even though, the nature of conflict over the years had changed technologically, physical fitness remained relevant to every soldier.
In an interview, the Director of Public Relations of the GAF, Colonel M’bawine Atintande said the exercise was to check the fitness level of personnel. He said the work of a soldier demanded a lot of strength, therefore, it was proper for them to test their physical fitness. He said it was also to boost the morale of the troops.

Signed

FK AMPOBI
Major
for Director Public Relations

 

 
CDS INAUGURATES TWO PROJECTS AT MATS
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GHANA ARMED FORCES

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Release No. 18 20 April 2012

The Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Peter Augustine Blay inaugurated two projects; the Buchanan Conference Hall and the Aryiku Officer’s Mess at the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) at Teshie in Accra on Friday 20 April 2012.

The Buchanan Conference hall was formerly a Junior Division Block for training officers. It also served as a training block for cadets and was formerly known as the Myohaung Hall.  Troops from Ghana played an instrumental role in the annexing of Buchanan, a town in Liberia during the ECOMOG War. The Conference Hall which has a capacity of one hundred seats, was thus renovated and named the Buchanan Conference Hall in recognition of the gallant role of Ghanaian peacekeepers in Buchanan, Liberia.

The second project which was the Army Combat Training School Officers Mess was named after the late Major General Aryiku who was once the Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. CDS cut the tape to officially inaugurate the mess together with Mrs Marian Aryiku, the wife of the late Major General Aryiku.

During a briefing for the CDS, Lt Col Asare, the General Staff Officer Grade One (GSOI) of MATS discussed some challenges facing the unit.  He also requested for assistance to complete some on-going projects which include repair works at the Demo Lines and the construction of a Conference Hall for MATS. In his response, the CDS promised to do his best to ensure that the challenges were addressed.  He inspected on-going construction of the MATS Conference Hall.

The MATS Commandant, Rear Admiral MM Tahiru expressed his gratitude to the CDS for his support over the years. He appealed to the CDS to continue to support MATS towards the attainment of their goals as they strive to provide quality training for personnel in` the Ghana Armed Forces. 


Signed

VA ARHIN
Lieutenant Commander 
for Director Public Relations

 
Open Day on 7 March 2014
News

7 March 2014. The annual Armed Forces Open Day which forms part of the activities marking the 57th Independence Day celebration has been observed.

The Open Day was attended by School children across the country.   It was held in all Garrisons of the Ghana Armed Forces.

The Open Day is essentially organised to display military equipment to the children and the general public and also to strengthen civil/military relationship.   Some of the children who visited the various Air Force Bases had the opportunity to fly in the Mi-17SH Helicopters and the Casa 295 aircraft.

Some of the children claimed they were at the same venue the previous year but could not get on board the aircrafts and admitted that their desire to get that air experience brought them again this year.  Those who have had their dreams accomplished were grateful to the Air Force and urged the government to continue with the idea.

There was also photo exhibition on the tarmac at the Air Force Base-Accra, depicting various activities of the military including obstacle crossing, ceremonial parades and donations.

In Accra, children were also given ride in the armoured vehicles of the Reconnaissance Regiment where they were driven to the Polo Grounds to have a feel of the Horses.

Most Units across the country demonstrated some of the activities they undertake.  Sea trips were also organised by the Navy to acquaint the School Children with the naval activities.

It was estimated that over 20,000 school children participated in this year’s Open Day. 

 
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