MAINTAINING THE “PRESS ON SPIRIT”-BRIEF HISTORY

support-services-brigadeIn 1957 when Ghana attained independence, the Ghana Army comprised an Infantry Brigade of three Infantry Battalions, a Recce Squadron and ancillary units such as Ghana EngineersSquadron, Ghana Signal Squadron, Ghana Army Supply and Transport Service, Ghana Army Education Service, Ghana Army Ordinance Service, Ghana Army Medical Service, Ghana Ar my Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and the Ghana Army Pay Service. Over the passed 5 years, the ancillary units experienced expansion and additional reorganization in order to provide the newly independent country, Ghana with a suitable Army commensurate with national objectives which might not have been attainable by reliance on bequeathed colonial military structures. The expansion was completed in 1962 with the Ghana Army being established by an Act of Parliament and restructured into two Infantry Groups, the ancillary units, and the Military Academy and Training Schools.

FORMATION

In  January  1969,  the  Common  Services  Establishment  Committee  was  set  up  to  establish a logistics  brigade  for  the  Ghana  Army  using  the  ancillary units.  In  October  1969,  the  ancillary services and units were grouped under the newly formed Support Services Brigade Group mostly for administrative efficiency and convenience rather than operational purposes.  The Headquarters of the new Brigade  located at the present location of General Headquarters Camp then, was  made  up  of  mostly  troops  from  Army  Engineers,  who  were  deployed to  assist  the  civil authority  in  building  bailey  bridges,  air  trips  and  houses  as  well  as  evacuation  and  resettlement  of flood   victims   during   the   construction   of   the   Akosombo   dam.   The   first   commander   of   the Headquarters was Col Sanni-Thomas who handed over to Col Coker Appiah in a month’s time.

The Support Services Brigade Group was under-implemented in May 1985 but was reactivated in June 1987 under the Army Headquarters and its Headquarters relocated to Medo Lines, Burma Camp. The units grouped under the Headquarters included 49 Engineer Regiment, 1 Mechanical Transport Battalion, Base Supply Depot (BSD), Base Ordnance Depot (BOD), Base Ammunition Depot (BAD), Armed Forces Printing Press (AFPP), Armed Forces Fire Service (AFFS), Base Workshop (B/Wksp), and Headquarters Ghana Military Police (GMP). The rest are 37 Military Hospital, Forces Pay Office (FPO), Armed Forces Central Band (AFCB), 5 Garrison Education Centre (5 GEC) and Headquarters Support Services Brigade (Camp).

RE-ORGNISATION

By November 1996, the Support Services Brigade Group was reorganized, removed from the command of the Army Headquarters and placed under the General Headquarters (GHQ) with the General Headquarters (Camp) and all Directorates under the General Headquarters placed under the Formation. The units under the Formation included GHQ(Camp), HQ GMP, Def Sig Regt, FPO, 37 Military Hospital, Defence MT Battalion, BOD, BAD, BSD, Base Workshop, AFFS, AFPP, DPC, AFCB, Ghana Armed Forces Institute (GAFI), 5 Forces Movement Unit (5 FMU), Base Engineer Technical Services (BETS), 5 GEC, Armed Forces Museum, Armed Forces Signal Training School(AFSTS), Armed Forces Secondary Technical School (AFSTS) and HQ Support Services Brigade Group (Camp). Presently, the units under the Support Services Brigade Group are: General HQ (Camp), 49 Engineer Regiment, HQ Ghana Military Police, Defence Signal Regiment, Forces Pay Regiment, Defence MT Battalion, Base Ordnance Depot, Base Ammunition Depot, Base Supply Depot, Base Workshop, Armed Forces Fire Service, Armed Forces Printing Press, Armed Forces Central Band, Ghana Armed Forces Institute, 5 Forces Movement Unit , 1 Forces Movement Unit , 5 Garrison Education Centre, Army Signal Training School and HQ Support Services Brigade Group (Camp).

SUCCESSES CHALKED

Besides normal regimental routine duties, the Formation has made tremendous strides in the organisation of seminars and cadres for troops. Notable among them are the introduction of Young Soldier’s course and Regimental Sergeant Majors’(RSMs) Seminar for RSMs under the Formation to sharpen the skills of troops and rekindle their professional bearing. Cadres on Drill and Duties and PROMEX as well as, Formation Padre Hours, monthly Brigade walks and weekly physical training have all inured to the benefit of the Formation. Continually, personnel from the Formation excel among their counterparts in the Ghana Armed Forces due to the regime of seminars and cadres instituted. The September – December 2013 Drill and Duties course 2, saw the Overall Best student coming from the Formation.

Sgt Ghansah Evans of 49 Engineer Regiment took the overall  best student  in the  July  2015 Drill  and  Duties  course.  The  Brigade  also  won  the  trophies  at stake  during  the  2014  boxing competition as well as the 2015 Ex –Tiger’s Path competition.

The  female  soldiers  who  make  up  the  majority  in the  Formation  are  not  left  out  in  any  activity held in the Brigade.  During training sessions, exercises and courses among others, the females and their male counterparts are of no difference. The splendid performance of the female Special Forcescontingent from the Brigade that featured during the 58th Independence Anniversary Parade confirms this.

FORMATION SLOGAN AND ANTHEM

Slogan:

Press on                       –           Regardless

Regardless                  –           Keep pressing

Support                       –           Sure to deliver

Support                       –           Keep the promise

Support                       –           All is well

                                 Ahua!!!

Anthem

Press on regardless, we strive for success. Support Services Brigade we are dependable. We are dynamic in all our endeavours. Support Brigade we are always together. Refrain: Hail Support Brigade. First in and last out in all operations. Regardless keep pressing, support sure to deliver. Support keep the promise, support all is well.