By Flt Lt Elizabeth Salifu
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Ghana Battalion 85 has held a Foot Drill Competition among its companies to promote the spirit of healthy competition and teamwork.
The foot and rifle drills competition, were held at the GHANBATT camp in Al-Qawzah, Lebanon, on Friday, 3rd May, 2019, to provide the fundamental basis for building esprit de corps, teamwork and general military discipline.
In an address to a cross-section of troops, the Deputy Sector West Commander, Colonel (Col) Stephen Ryans, congratulated the troops for an immaculate turn-out and a spectacular display of drill.
Col Ryans praised the troops for their continuous hard work and professional posture in maintaining peace and security in Southern Lebanon, adding that drill was the foundation of all military discipline that brings out the best in a soldier.
In all, 4 companies participated in the drills contest, with the Headquarters Company being adjudged the Overall Winner, the second place going to Charlie Company, third position to Bravo Company, while Alpha Company placed fourth.
The GHANBATT Band and a Special Force all-female contingent also took some awards for their participation in the drill display.
The competition, which is first of its kind in the peacekeeping theatre, was well attended by both military and civilian staff serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, as well as mayors, religious leaders in Southern Lebanon and other guests, who were treated to a spectacular display of foot drill, rifle exercises and other entertaining stunts.