The Southern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has emerged victors of the 14th Edition of the Jungle Warfare Exercise, code named “Exercise Tiger’s Path 2019” on Friday 26 July, 2019 at Akim Achiase, in the Birim South District of the Eastern Region.
The Minister for Defence, Hon Dominic Nitiwul congratulated the Southern Command team who went the extra mile against equally capable teams to be crowned as winners for the competition. He also commended individual winners who exemplified professionalism and tenacity throughout the exercise.
He explained that the four-day exercise which was aimed at improving the operational readiness and fulfilling the biennial flagship training program of GAF tested troops on planning and conducting selected defensive offensive operations in Internal Security and Counter Insurgency Operations in areas such as jungle survival, combat triage, medical evacuation, navigation, ambushes, range works amongst others.
According to him, although, the exercise setting and scenarios was based on perceived threats to the peace and security of the country, it appeared so real that its executions and the reactions were equally approached with the realism required by the participants.
The Minister for Defence emphasized that the current security developments in parts of the West African Sub-region with the wave of pervasive violence across the globe attested to the practicality of the objectives of the 2019 Exercise Tiger’s Path.
He further stated that, in most scenarios, other security services played the frontline role hence, the need to bring them together to participate in the joint exercise of such nature in future to enhance capacity building among security services.
He said the media cannot be left out in view of their dispensable role in mobilizing local and international support for the operations of the security services hence, media persons need to acquaint themselves with the basic tenets of internal security and insurgence. He then encouraged all to pull their strength and resources together to ensure that, Ghana remains a safe and peaceful country.
Awards were presented to the 1st and 2nd runners-up; Central and Northern Commands respectively, while the Support Services Brigade, the Ghana Navy and Air Force were adjudged the fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively.
Present at the closing ceremony were, the CDS, Lieutenant OB Akwa, Service Chiefs, Formation Commanders, Russia and South Africa Defense Attachés, Heads of Sister Security Services and Empires.
Other dignitaries present included the Chief of Abenase, Chief of Akim Achiase Osorase, District Chief Executive of Birim, District Chief Executive Oda, MP for Asene Akroso Manso.