By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Wa
The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), in collaboration with sister security services, has commenced a 5-day training program codenamed EXERCISE EAGLE CLAWS 21 and themed “Consolidating Security for National Development”, to train to be prepared in dealing with threats posed by terrorist activities, in the Upper East, Upper West and the Northern Regions of Ghana.
The training program, which is a collaboration of elements of the Ghana Army, Air Force and their partners in Operation Conquered Fist – the Ghana Police Service’s Formed Police Unit (FPU), the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), and the National Ambulance Service, commenced in the Upper East Region border town of Hamile, on Monday, 24th May, 2021.
The training opened at the Hamile Border Post (which is between Ghana and Burkina Faso, with how participating members of Operation Conquered Fist – an ongoing operation conducted by the aforementioned security institutions, respond at the tactical level, in a contingency, to a small arms attack, at a border post.
Then, in another phase, troops of the exercise, responded to an attack on foreigners at a hotel in Wa, where troops were exercised in various combat tactics and measures in quelling the attack, putting out fires, medical evacuation and the profiling of arrested ‘attackers’.
The exercise is under the aegis of instructors, umpires, observers from GAF and the United States Army, and was witnessed by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) – Major General Oppong-Peprah, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) – Air Vice Marshal Frank Hanson, the General Officer Commanding, Northern Command – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Moses Mohamed Aryee, the Commander, Support Services Brigade Group – Brig Gen Matthew Essien, Base Commander, Air Force Base, Tamale – Air Commodore David Akrong and a number of Senior Officers of GAF and other security services in the upper regions of Ghana.
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