By Capt Nathanael Asamoah
The Command of the Ghanaian Battalion (GHANBATT) in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has been successfully transferred from GHANBATT 85 to GHANBATT 86 at a Taking over of Authority (TOA) Parade held at the GHANBATT Headquarters in AL-QAWZAH, South Lebanon.
The parade, which took place on Tuesday, 16 July 2019, saw the passing on of Command from the out-going Commanding Officer (CO), Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Fiifi Deegbe to the incoming CO, Lt Col Abass Atuluk.
The Sector West Commander, Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Bruno Pisciotta, who was also the Guest of Honour, symbolically passed the UN flag, from the out-going to the incoming commander.
In his speech, the outgoing CO, expressed gratitude to the Officers, Men and Women of GHANBATT 85, for their professionalism and dedication to the peace efforts in Southern Lebanon and welcomed the Incoming CO, wishing him a successful tenure.
Lt Col Fiifi Deegbe was presented a peace medal by Brig Gen Saikaly on behalf of the Lebanese Armed Forces, for the contributions of his Battalion to the peace process in Lebanon.
Brig Gen Bruno Pisciotta voiced his satisfaction with the results of the activities of GHANBATT 85 during their one-year tour of duty in Lebanon, particularly along the Blue Line, describing the outgoing CO as a charismatic and enthusiastic leader, who should be proud of his men and what they have achieved together.
Also present at the ceremony were Ghana’s Honourary Consul to Lebanon, His Excellency (HE) Michel Haddad, Ghanaian Contingent Commander Colonel (Col) John Lawluvi, Commanders of the various battalions in the mission, as well as staff officers of UNIFIL and some Mayors and Muktars.
The 2nd Infantry Battalion of the Ghana Army, forms the nucleus of UNIFIL GHANBATT 86, who will serve a one-year duty tour in South Lebanon.