The 66th Artillery Training School graduated units from the Central and Northern Commands of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), who completed the Infantry Fire Support and Basic Technical Assistant courses at the ‘school.
The courses, which lasted eight weeks, were introduced by the training school in preparation for the successful operationalization of the 107mm Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS).
Brigadier General Joseph Aphour, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Central Command, during the graduation ceremony in Ho, said the threat to security in the West African sub-region was on the rise, forcing the Ghanaian armed forces to adjust their strategies and training.
“The Ghanaian military is reorganizing to enable it to deter, detect and defeat threats. As armed forces transform, insurgents and terrorists also transform their modus operandi. The Ghana Armed Forces are adopting a more dynamic and pre-emptive information-based approach that would destabilize any adversary’s understanding, decision-making and execution,” he said.
The GOC noted, therefore, that the effectiveness and efficiency of the armed forces required “rigorous comprehensive” training and exercises and said that the military high command welcomed the training school’s introduction of artillery infantry fire support courses and basic technical assistants, which he asked to be expanded.
He expressed the hope that operations in the various commands would be affected by the skill acquired during the training and encouraged the students not to let the skills and knowledge acquired go to waste, but to build on them to stay. indispensable.
The Commandant commended the Academy’s training officers, instructors and administrative staff and said his office has an eye on the challenges encountered during training and will continue to provide the support needed to enable the Academy to realize his vision.
Lieutenant Colonel Kwame Sam Appiah, commander of the training school, said the training included lectures, practical demonstrations and on-the-job training and added that the live firing of the 107mm rocket system was a first in the school’s history.
He said the training school is pursuing its vision of excellence in the professional efficiency and effectiveness of artillery corps personnel across the country and in other African countries.
The commander said the artillery corps training program had been undertaken by the school since 2018, following discussions with the GOC Southern Command and was designed to maintain high academic standards.
He commended the students for their efforts towards the success of the program, but lamented some challenges encountered during the training which included student accommodation and vehicle logistics including a school bus.
Lt. Col. Appiah remarked that the average grades for both courses showed that “students were highly motivated and had learned the basic gunnery tactics, techniques and procedures to enable them to perform their role”.