The former Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Maj Gen Samuel Odotei (Rtd) has commended the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) women for their hard work and dedication to GAF and the nation as a whole on Sunday 11 August 2019 at Burma Hall in Accra.
Maj Gen Odotei (Rtd), during a thanksgiving church service to climax the GAF women at 60 anniversary celebration, stated that women were extremely special and until they acknowledge the fact that God created them in a special way, no one would accept the roles they are to play.
He said 60 years ago, nobody would have thought that the Armed Forces would be full of women today with the commissioning of the first female officer in 1958.
Maj Gen Odotei applauded GAF women for being the number two contributor to peace support operation and appealed to the Military High Command to consider females to hold appointments like the Service Chiefs and even the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) in future.
The guest preacher, founder of Salt and Light Ministries, Rev Dr Joyce Aryee in her sermon under the theme “Ebenezer: thus far the lord has helped us”, said God promised his followers a better place thus, heaven in future so Christians should have faith and trust in him and pray to God to guide their paths. She urged all female soldiers in the various Arms of Service to rise and work harder to raise high the image of GAF.
Rev Dr Aryee advised the female soldiers to give their minds, hearts and souls to Jesus Christ and not the material things they see. She then encouraged them to always carry the banner of God and show that they are grateful for how far he has brought them.
Awards were presented to Lt Col Ernestina Assan as the first female paratrooper, Cdr Veronica Arhin and WO1 Vincentia Yaotey for their hard work and dedication.