Ghana Army’s (GA) 1 Infantry Battalion (1Bn) has observed Southern Command’s (S/COMD) 2nd Quarter Religious Parade and inducted its Commanding Officer (CO) – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Dominic Ampomah, into office.
The CO took the opportunity to outline his vision, mission and plan of action for the “Ready and Willing” Unit, during his tenure of office, at the service which was held at St Michael’s Catholic Church, Michel Camp, Tema, on Sunday, 29 May, 2022, under the theme “Chosen to Serve God and Humanity through Armed Forces”, with the Guest of Honour being the General Officer Commanding, S/COMD – Brigadier General Michael Amoah-Ayisi.
Lt Col Ampomah who assumed office on 11 March, 2022, has a vision ‘‘To build a highly professional Unit that is dependable and efficient with operational excellence and mission accomplishment as its top priority’’, and a mission “To maintain a highly motivated, professional and well-trained Unit, with espirit de-corps that is efficient and capable of undertaking all assigned tasks, in order to achieve the end-state of higher command.’’
The CO of 1Bn, whose Area of Responsibility (AOR) includes the entire Eastern Region, Tema Metropolis, Ashaiman and Kpone-Katamanso Municipalities, stated his core values as welfare of troops, discipline, mutual respect, training, professionalism and human centeredness.
Taking inspiration from a statement from the Chief of the Army Staff – Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah; “If you want soldiers to give off their best, seek their welfare”, Lt Col Ampomah has set deficient Unit infrastructure and troops accommodation as a major challenge to be tackled.
A dilapidated structure at the Camp is being renovated at a cost of Eighty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS 80,000), to accommodate 25 Young Soldiers, with attempts to complete a 6-unit 2-bedroom accommodation project for Officers, which was started by preceding COs some 8 years ago, as well as the renovation of the CO’s residence.
Lt Col Ampomah has set as his biggest target, the construction of a 500-seater auditorium – for various purposes, including teaching students from the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) and the Army Combat Training School (ACTS), on how a battalion is deployed in the field, since the population of students who visit the Unit for such purposes, has grown exponentially.
The CO, who intends to fix deficient street lights, reconstruct portions of the barracks drainage system, renovate portions of the barracks roads and stop the encroachment of the Unit’s land, also expressed gratitude to the leadership of the Ghana Armed Forces for the opportunity to Command the great and noble 1 Infantry Battalion.
Lt Col Ampomah schooled at Opoku Ware School between 1993 and 1995 and thereafter attended Wesley College of Education between 1996 and 1999.
In the year 2000, he was enlisted into the Ghana Military Academy and commissioned in 2002 as a 2nd Lieutenant, and was then posted to the 6th Infantry Battalion as a Platoon Commander.
Between 2002 and 2013, he held appointments such as platoon Commander, Unit Intelligence Officer, Adjutant and Officer Commanding all in the 6th Infantry Battalion.
In July 2013, he was posted to Army Combat Training School as Instructor and in 2018, he was posted to Army Headquarters as Assistant Director Army Administration and then to General Headquarter (Military Secretary) as a Staff Officer in 2019.
Until his current appointment as the Commanding Officer of 1 Bn, he was the Deputy Command Operations Officer at the Headquarters Central Command, Kumasi from September 2020.
By way of military courses, Lt Col Dominic Ampomah has completed all the mandatory courses commensurate with his rank. These include Young Officers’ Course, Junior Staff Course, Combat Team Commanders’ Course, Senior Staff Course and the Battalion Commanders Course.
Lt Col Dominic Ampomah, an experienced Peacekeeper, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Human Resource Management option) from the Central University and Master of Science in Defence and International Politics from Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College.
Present at the function included the S/COMD Command Operations Officer – Colonel (Col) Kingsley Kwabena Kesse Afrifah, who represented the Guest of Honour, Col IB Mohammed – ACTS, Col Adzo – Director, GHQ Logistics, COs of 153 Armoured Regiment, 66 Artillery Regiment, Artillery Training School, GAFCSC, the Regimental Sergeant Major, 1Bn – Senior Warrant Officer Class I – Kingsley Ebow Koomson, and the Ashaiman Municipal Chief Executive.
By Kofi Ampeah-Woode