By Capt Nathanael Asamoah – PIO

The new Deputy Force Commander (DFC) of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) – Ghana’s Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Irvine Nii-Ayitey Aryeetey, has paid a working visit to the Ghana Battalion serving at that UN theatre (GHANBATT 86).

The objective of the maiden visit on Tuesday, 17th December 2019, was aimed at obtaining first-hand information on the operations and activities of the battalion and to officially introduce and familiarise himself with troops, since he assumed office.

The DFC, accompanied by the Ghanaian Contingent Commander – Colonel John Lawluvi on the visit, toured the various Companies and Positions of the battalion, including those deployed along the Blue Line (the Withdrawal Line between Israel and Lebanon), after having received detailed operational and administrative briefs.

During a durbar with troops, he commended the Commanding Officer (CO), Lieutenant Colonel Abass Atuluk for his excellent leadership and encouraged troops to continue to accord the CO the necessary support, in order to have a successful tour, entreating troops to work in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and UNIFIL, in order to meet their mandate of bringing sustainable peace to Lebanon.

The Ghanaian General hailed the females of the battalion for proving themselves capable of performing the same duties as their male colleagues and specially congratulated Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Logah Patience Ablah, for her appointment as the acting UNIFIL Force Sergeant Major.

Brig Gen Aryeetey, a veteran peacekeeper who has participated in numerous peace support operations, assumed office as the Deputy Force Commander on 16 November 2019.

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