By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Asutsuare
Southern Command (S/COMD) – the largest Formation under the Ghana Army (GA), has made time to further train troops of all eight (8) Units under its Command, in an annual exercise dubbed INTER-UNITS MARCH & SHOOT COMPETITION codenamed “KULLUM SHIRRI”, in a period of constricted national schedules.
The training exercise, which had all 8 Units, each selecting a platoon size contingent, assembled at Asutsuare, in the Shai-Osudoku General Area, for a final training exercise on Friday, June 18, 2021, to compete in Platoon Commander Briefing, Navigation Exercise, Obstacle Crossing and Falling Plates.
The Guest of Honour for the contest – the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) – Major General (Maj Gen) Thomas Oppong-Peprah, who was represented by the Chief Staff Officer (CSO) of the Ghana Army – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Charles Agyemang-Prempeh, expressed satisfaction with the objectives of the contest, which he stated are in tune with his vision to produce a highly motivated, well trained and well-equipped Army with quality Officers and Soldiers, to achieve the task of the Army.
The COAS stated that physical and mental endurance, are essential qualities of a soldier desired to deal with existing and emerging security threats to Ghana, such as Operation HALT II, which seeks to halt the menace of illegal mining, 100 meters astride river bodies.
“The hard truth is that discipline and training are very important tenets of every professional Armed Force. It is imperative that competitions such as this remain a part of our annual training calendar to enhance our operational readiness while meeting the demands of modern military roles and responsibilities”, General Oppong-Peprah opined.
The objectives of the competition, which include testing the endurance and mental toughness of troops and their application of marksmanship principles on personal weapons, also sends out a clear message to the general public, a reassurance that the GA is ready and willing to respond efficiently and effectively, to any situation that has the propensity of disturbing the peace of Ghana.
The exercise, which also stressed on teamwork, had each member of the contingents, carrying their rifles and a baggage of 15 kilograms, trek-winding 8 kilometers through Yokuonya to the Asutsuare Training Camp of 64 Infantry Regiment (64 Inf Reg), in the Shai-Osudoku District, Greater Accra Region, where upon arrival, had to use 15 minutes to clear a 10-unit Obstacle Crossing, then head to the Firing Range, run for 100 meters and aim at plates 200 meters away, to fire for the marksmanship competition.
64 Inf Reg emerged winners with a total score of 189.4 points, 2nd Place was won by Five Battalion of Infantry – 186.6 pts, 3rd Place by 153 Armoured Regiment – 155.5 pts, 4th Place by 48 Engineer Regiment – 150.1 pts, 5th Place by Camp S/COMD – 148.9 pts, 6th Place by One Battalion of Infantry – 147.9 pts, 7th Place by Two Battalion of Infantry – 142.8 pts and 8th Place by 66 Artillery Regiment – 127.2 pts.
Best Individual Male and Female Shots were won by Warrant Officer Class 2 (WOII) Koli Emmanuel and Private (Pte) Boakye Kyeremaa, respectively.