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CDS INAUGURATES TWO PROJECTS AT MATS
Press Release

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

 
SOLDIERS URGED TO DISPLAY HIGH SENSE OF PROFESSIONALISM –BRIG GEN MKG AHIAGLO
Press Release

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

 

 
Government Determined to Support all Military Institutions-says VEEP
General News

 Maj EN Mensah-Yawson (Honour Graduate Course 32) received the overall best student award from the Vice President HE John Dramani Mahama12 August 2011. The Vice President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, has reiterated government’s determination to support all military institutions in the country to enable them carry out their constitutional mandate in the development agenda of the country. He said that government would press on with re-equipping the Ghana Armed Forces in order to enable it carry out its duties of protecting the territorial integrity of Ghana.
The Vice President was speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, (GAFCSC), Course 32, Senior Division, on Friday 12 August 2011.
He expressed his satisfaction with progress of work of the new academic block complex for the institution, the sod for which was cut the same time last year.  He said that the project was part of government’s commitment to transform the college into a reputable military and civilian training institution in the sub-region.

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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. 

 
Southern Command holds inter-units shooting competition
General News

24 February, 2011.  The Southern Command of the Ghana Army has held its inter-units shooting competition at the Asutuare Training Camp (ASTC).
The two-day competition, code named “EXERCISE KULUM SHIRRI” and hosted by the 64 Infantry Regiment, was aimed at enhancing individual marksmanship, engendering competitive spirit among units under the Command and to further select a formidable team for “Exercise Tigers Path,” the biennial tri- Service jungle training exercise and “Exercise fire bleast,” a tri – Service shooting competition.
Units that participated included 5 Infantry Battalion (5Bn), 2 Infantry Battalion (2Bn), 1 Infantry Battalion (1Bn), the Recce Regiment, 48 Engineer Regiment and 66 Artillery Regiment.
Addressing the competitors, the Commanding Officer of 66 Artillery Regiment, Lt Col WA Seidu, stated that in view of the advancement in technology, globalisation and the need to protect the country’s democracy in the face of sophisticated crimes and international terrorism, it was imperative that troops were well trained to be ready at all times to undertake very difficult tasks in defence of the country.
He noted that the commercial drilling of oil in the country was a blessing.  He said the resource fell under the jurisdiction of the Command and underscored the need to protect the on-shore facilities which could only be achieved through training.

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