A 15-day military training exercise involving troops from 20 countries in Africa, Europe and USA has ended in Accra
Addressing the troops at the closing ceremony last Tuesday, July 31, Ghana’s Chief of Army Staff, Major General William Ayamdo admonished;
“We must respect the importance of human rights and the rule of law, which must govern all operations that we conduct.”
He told the soldiers to always be at their best when they were sent to communities where people were at their lowest ebb and needed their help and not to stoop so low to engage in atrocities even when they were attacked.
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In his closing remarks the Charge d’Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Mr Christopher Lamora said “United Accord and similar multinational exercises are critical not only for the exposure, skills and training the participants
“We have to rely on one another and work together in our joint pursuit of lasting peace and security. Because if we don’t – if we fail to act in a coordinated way the future will remain dangerous and uncertain.”
United Accord 2018
The exercise which was about the fourth in a series of large-scale multinational military exercises to be conducted in Ghana in recent times was co-directed by Brigadier General Solomon Tei-Mensah Osabutey of the Ghana Armed Forces and Brigadier General Eugene LeBoeuf, the Acting Commander of U.S. Army Africa.
The training included a command post exercise (CPX), Field Training Exercise (FTX) at Bundase in the Greater Accra Region, Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) and Jungle Warfare School (JWS) at Achiase in the Eastern Region.
United Accord 2018 brought together
Also included were troops from The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and others already in the operational area of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), such as South Sudan and involved 15 per cent female soldiers from the U.S., Liberia, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast among countries.
The aim was to draw military experience, knowledge and expertise from 14 African partner nations and six Western partner nations. It was also to promote regional relationships, increase capacity, train U.S. and Western African forces, and further
The exercise was also to help provide participating military forces
Speaking to the media after the closing ceremony last Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Osabutey said the CPX was a company size exercise, while the FTX involved a Ghanaian engineering and two infantry companies as well as a US company.
He said during the FTX staff officers were taken through lectures and
On how the exercise would contribute to peacekeeping in the sub-region, Brig. Gen Osabutey
Speaking to why the US Armed Forces chose to partner African countries in the exercise, Brig. Gen. LeBoeuf said “We all have mutual interest and ensured responsibilities in progressing African countries’ security and stability and so part of the exercise is to seize the opportunity to increase interoperability of our forces, to advance understanding of how to conduct operations in different environments and opportunities for us to understand how to conduct peacekeeping operations in a variety of different countries, and Ghana is one of those and we are very pleased to partner with Ghana which has been a tremendous host.”
He explained that the exercises which were conducted every year
“When a crisis comes upon us it is too late for us to learn, so we have to be ready to go and that is why we are here,” he stated, adding that the exercise which had attracted various units of the U.S. Armed Forces formed part of the Defense Cooperation Agreement, which was ample testimony of the enormous cooperation that could be fostered between the two countries.