The 2nd Battalion of Infantry of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has emerged the overall best in the 2019 Southern Command Inter Units drill competition held from Wednesday, 18 September 2019 to Thursday, 19 September 2019 at the 48 Engineer Regiment, Wajir Barracks, Teshie camp.
The two day drill competition which was an annual competition saw eight Units drawn from 1, 2 and 5 Infantry Battalion, 66 Artillery Regiment, 48 Engineer Regiment, 64 Infantry Regiment, 153 Armored Regiment, as well as Camp Southern Command and Field Workshop under Southern Command took part in this year’s competition which was aimed at sharpening the foot and rifle drill of soldiers under its command.
Addressing the competitors, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Maj Gen Azure Ayamdo said the drill was often used as a forerunner to great battles, learning steps to military order and collective discipline. He added that command was glad to have drills comeback in the various Units. Drill he said, enhances military customs, traditions and the consequential benefits are enormous.
He further added that drill was a very important tool that must not be relegated to the back in every Units’ routine. He also admonished the Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) in GAF to continually encourage drills to avoid losing discipline, poise, neatness, precision and high morale in the Armed Forces.
COAS urged all Commands and Formations to promote drill at Muster Parade, Guard Mounting and Funeral. He thanked the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Southern Command, Brig Gen AY Nsiah, and his staff for putting the programme together in spite of the numerous operational commitments coupled with manpower constraint.
On his part, the Commanding Officer (CO) of 48 Engineer, Lt Col Emmanuel K Appiah, said the competition would enhance teamwork among a body troop and also provide the basis for general military discipline. “This competition will improve on the troops turnout and finally, to develop the leadership skills of officers and Non-Commission Officers (NCOs)”, he said.
He appreciated officers representing the various units for their sacrifices and relentless efforts in projecting the unyielding spirits of their respective units.
The 5 Battalion and 64 Infantry Battalion were adjudged the first and second runner ups respectively.