The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) – Major General Azure Ayamdo was born in 1958 and enlisted into the Ghana Military Academy (GMA) in January 1980 after completing Bawku Secondary School in 1979. He continued his cadet training at the Royal Military Academy (RMA), Sandhurst and graduated in 1981 after which he was posted to the 4 Infantry Battalion (4 Bn), Kumasi. Between 1985 and 1987 he served at the Jungle Warfare School (JWS), Achiase as an instructor before being posted to GMA where he instructed until 1989 when he moved to 64 Infantry Regiment (64 Inf Regt).
He held several appointments in 64 Inf Regt including Training Officer, Officer Commanding, Regimental Second-in-Command and ultimately the Commanding Officer. He also commanded United Nations Assistance Mission in Sierra Leone Ghanbatt 4 (UNAMSIL GH 4) between 2001 and 2002 after which he was posted to the Department of Defence Intelligence GHQ (DI).
While in 64 Inf Regt he also led a reinforcement company (TF OGYEFO) on OP OGYEFO in 1996, tasked to secure the evacuation of Ghanaian citizens from war torn Sierra Leone. TF OGYEFO was withdrawn from its concentration area in Baptist Seminary, Liberia after the Ghanaians were evacuated by a Ghana Navy Ship. He participated in other UN operations namely UNIFIL in 1985 and 1997 as a Platoon Commander (Pl Comd) and Chief Operations Officer (COO) respectively, and United Nations Good Offices Mission in Afghanistan and Pakistan (UNGOMAP) in 1989 as a military observer. click here to read more.