Editor’s Desk

 A 5-Day joint anti-terrorism field training exercise dubbed EX FLAMING SPEARS, under the auspices of the Central Command (C/COMD) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), with other Service personnel drawn from the Ghana Police, Ghana Immigration and Ghana National Fire, the National Ambulance Services and the National Investigative Bureau, has rounded up on key earnings.

The exercise commenced on Monday 13 September 2021, with a Crowd Dispersal training at Kyingakrom and climaxed with a Search and Rescue operation at Bui Hydro Power Dam, all in the Bono Region.

EX FLAMING SPEARS, was aimed at training, testing and preparing participants to sharpen their skills at both passive and active counter terrorism and ensure efficiency at role and mission accomplishment.

The exercise was also aimed at equipping troops with the requisite capacity, to respond rapidly and effectively to terrorist and contemporary threats in the area of operational responsibility, in tasks which included Crowd Control, Crowd Dispersal, Cordon and Search, Raid and Search, and Rescue Operations at Jama, Banda Ahenkro, Gonokrom and Bui Hydro Dam.

Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Joseph Aduko Aphour – General Officer Commanding (GOC), C/COMD, addressing all participants, expressed admiration for the conduct of the exercise, particularly commending the smooth coordination among the various services.

General Aphour admonished troops not to relent in continuous training as a measure of preparedness, amidst growing threats of terrorism and other security threats, in the West African Sub-Region.

The Regional Minister for Bono Region – Madam Justina Banahene, who was present during one of the exercise briefings, lauded the efforts of the joint task force (JTF), in testing the readiness of personnel to respond to multiple terrorist incidents and called for more of such exercises, to give assurance to the civil populace. 

A medical outreach was carried out in Yawboforkrom, in the Dormaa Central constituency, by C/COMD, where a large number of locals benefitted from health screening; such as dental and blood pressure checks, distribution of face masks and de-wormers, amongst others.

The GOC and his entourage also paid courtesy calls to traditional and opinion leaders in the various exercise communities.

The Municipal Chief Executives (MCEs) of Banda Ahenkro – Madam Mary Koneh and of Dormaa Central – Drissa Outtara, extolled the JTF for their collective efforts and pledged to always support such initiatives. 

Umpires for EX FLAMING SPEARS ‘21 were Colonel (Col) F Salifu, Col Nkansah, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Shaibu and Lt Col Ayawine, whiles Debriefing participants included Col Salifu from the Directorate of Army Intelligence and Plans.

Present through the field training exercise included Col Emmanuel Larbi Sarpong Gyadu – Chief Operations Officer (COO), C/COMD, Lt Col JY Kwarteng – Commanding Officer (CO), Thre Battalion of Infantry (3BN), who doubled as the JTF Commander, Lt Col Y Obiri-Yeboah – CO, 154 Armoured Regiment.

Others were Lt Col D Buah – CO, Armour Training School, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Haruna Salifu – Regional Police COO, Bono Region and Chief Superintendent of Immigration (CSI) Prosper Atisu and the Regional Immigration Service Operations Officer.  

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