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COAS’s DESK

COMDT_MATS_RESIZEDX300_PXThe 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 TF OGYEFO was withdrawn from its concentration area in Baptist Seminary, Liberia after the Ghanaians were evacuated by a Ghana Navy Ship.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.

Recent News Items

International Peace Support Operations (PSO)

News from Commands

Southern Command

The CAOS, Maj Gen William Azure Ayamdo has paid a two-day working visit to 6 Garrison with a call on troops to focus more on  training in order to acquire the necessary skills and techniques to effectively defend the nation. Addressing troops  on  May 24, 2017, he emphasized on the need for troops not to see Basic Fitness Test (BFT) as a punitive measure but rather a tool to enhance their professional wellbeing.

Central Command

The CAOS, Maj Gen William Azure Ayamdo has paid a two-day working visit to 6 Garrison with a call on troops to focus more on  training in order to acquire the necessary skills and techniques to effectively defend the nation. Addressing troops  on  May 24, 2017, he emphasized on the need for troops not to see Basic Fitness Test (BFT) as a punitive measure but rather a tool to enhance their professional wellbeing.

Northern Command

The CAOS, Maj Gen William Azure Ayamdo has paid a two-day working visit to 6 Garrison with a call on troops to focus more on  training in order to acquire the necessary skills and techniques to effectively defend the nation. Addressing troops  on  May 24, 2017, he emphasized on the need for troops not to see Basic Fitness Test (BFT) as a punitive measure but rather a tool to enhance their professional wellbeing.

Support Services Brigade

The Commander, Support Services Brigade Group, Brig Gen Francis Ofori, has officially closed the Band Upgrading A4 – A1 Course 2 and also re-commissioned an old mess on Tuesday, 18 October, 2016 at Butler Lines in Accra.

In his remarks, Brig Gen Ofori commended the Commanding Officer (CO), Lt Col Oppong for running such a course to upgrade the potency of the bands men.  He said plans were under way to put the school under Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS).

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Upcoming Events

Courses
  • Young Officers Course (YOC) 1 – 17 @ ACTS from July 7 – Dec 1 2017
  • Mechanical Transport Officers (MTO) Course 1 – 17 @ DEF MT School from 6 June – 14 Sept 2017
  • Public & Non Public Accounts Course @ FPR from 3 June – 3 Aug 2017
  • Basic Non Tactical Course (BNTC) @ ACTS from July 7 – Dec 1 2017

Major Internal Security Operations of the Ghana Army

Op BOAFO

Rescue and Relief operations carried out in conjunction with NADMO in times of flood, wild fires and natural disaster.

Op SIT DOWN LOOK

Border monitoring operation, aimed at checking illegal entry and exit of persons and commodities.

Op JUBILEE

Operation to provide security for various on and off-shore oil fields within territories of Ghana.

Op COWLEG

Operation to expel Fulani herdsmen/Cattle and curb their questionable influence in society.

Op FLY OVER

Operation conducted on the Adomi bridge and its environs to prevent the passage of Overweight Vehicles.

Op CITADEL

Provision of VIP security at the Seat of Government, currently at the Osu Castle and the Jubilee House.

Op GONGONG

To Quell disputes and maintaining order at Yendi, Bimbilla and Bawku in the Northern Region.

Op CALM LIFE

Joints patrols conducted with the Civil Police to fend off Armed Robbery and theft.

Op HALT I & II

To check illegal lumbering, land encroachment and illegal diversion of cash crops.

Op HALT III

The most recent Operation to curb illegal mining (Galamsey) and land exploitation.