By Capt Nathanael Asamoah
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Ghana Battalion (GHANBATT) 86 has ended its Pre-Operational Training and Concentration with a WASSA (West African Soldiers Social Activity) celebration at the Bundase Military Training Camp, in the Greater Accra Region on Wednesday, 22nd May 2019.
The Battalion which is under the Command of Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Abass Atuluk had concentrated at the training camp for five weeks, to go through various training activities prior to deployment to contribute to UNIFIL Peacekeeping Operations in South Lebanon.
The CO commended his troops for exhibiting high level of endurance, resilience and team spirit during the arduous training period, reiterating the need to distress and also celebrate the end of a successful training programme and was also confident that same or higher standard would be applied at the mission area in order to achieve the Battalion’s mandate of contributing to peace and security in Lebanon.
The Director in charge of Logistics Support at the Department of International Peace Support Operations (IPSO) at the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) General Headquarters (GHQ), Colonel Francis Sasu, who was the Guest of Honour for the occasion, entreated the Battalion to maintain the applaudable standards set by preceding GHANBATTS in UNIFIL and other peacekeeping theaters.
Col Sasu praised the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) training team as well as UNIFIL GHANBATT 86 instructors for assisting troops to sharpen their skills in weapon handling and other military tactical drills and urged troops to make maximum use of the skills acquired as they are critical to the success of the Battalion’s operations in Lebanon.
Col Sasu further urged the GAF troops to eschew all acts of indiscipline and adhere to the regulations of the GAF and the United Nations in order to accomplish their assigned mandate.