By Cpl Ambaba Gilbert
Major General (Maj Gen) Dagvin Anderson – Commander, Special Operations for Africa, United States Army, has called for more collaboration with the Ghana Army, to enhance comprehensive ways of information sharing.
Maj Gen Anderson made this known in a brief interaction with the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Ghana Army – Maj Gen Thomas Oppong-Peprah, when the former paid a courtesy call on the latter, at the Army Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra, on Wednesday, 19th May, 2021.
Expressing how impressed he was with professionalism by military personnel and general developments in the Ghana Army, General Anderson applauded the COAS for envisioning the flagship anti-terrorism training program codenamed “EXERCISE EAGLE CLAWS”, to counter terrorist activities along the country’s eastern and northern borders.
To the US Army General, the exercise shows how the Ghana Army sees and comprehends the threat dynamics of terrorism in the region, “Exercise Eagle Claws is a great way to bring together the understanding of the kinetic pieces and the non-kinetic aspects,” Maj Gen Anderson said, expressing appreciation for the invitation by General Oppong-Peprah, to observe the exercise, which commences on 24 – 28 May, 2021.
Maj Gen Anderson highly commended the Ghana Army, for adhering to international best practice, by engaging the local population of the training areas and embark on civil military relations, to genuinely win the hearts and minds of the people.
Maj Gen Oppong-Peprah on his part, thanking the Special Operations Commander for his visit, which he noted as demonstrating the efforts towards greater teamwork and partnership between the two Armies, confirmed that the Ghana Army will host and participate in “EXERCISE FLINTLOCK 2023”.
He recalled the long history of the relationship between the Ghana and US Armies, and efforts being made to deepen the friendship for mutual benefits, further stating how important the collaboration is to his vision – To produce a highly motivated, well-trained and well- equipped Army, with quality Officers and Soldiers, to achieve the task of the Army.
General Oppong-Peprah also commended the US Army, for admitting personnel of the Ghana Army into Courses in the US, to build their capacities, and for sponsoring and participating in Courses in Ghana.
The COAS and his Chief Staff Officer (CSO) – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Agyemang-Prempeh, later at a cocktail event, presented General Anderson and his entourage, with gifts of friendship.