Southern Command has emerged winner of this year’s March and Shoot Competition, which was held at the Teshie Gallery Range on Wednesday, 25 September 2019.
The competition, which was part of the Army Week celebration, witnessed other participants like the Northern and Central Commands, Support Services Brigade Group as well as the Army Training Command with the Central Command and ATRAC being adjudged as the first and second runner ups, respectively. In connection to this, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General William Azure Ayamdo presented certificates and plaques to the winning teams.
The Guest of honour for the occasion, the Minister for National Security; Hon Albert Kan-Dapaah, in his speech mentioned that this year’s competition was exceptional in many ways in terms of the excitement and competitiveness. “The intrinsic motivation, zeal, overwhelming enthusiasm on the part of the competitors to accomplish the set objective of the competition was commendable,” he explained.
He congratulated the competitors and admonished them to put the expertise gained through the competition to bear at their respective units to make GAF remain one of the best professional military institutions in the Sub Region.
To him, the competitors applied the principle of marksmanship; a principle he clarified was needful for the success of every military and therefore advised all security agencies in the country to continue to train effectively in sharpening their skills in their preparedness to confront any security threat to the country.
He, cautioned personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to be abreast with current development of security across the globe, the current emerging trends of instability as a result of civil conflicts; the threats of violent extremism and terrorism in Africa. These, he said should serve as a wakeup call for GAF as well as other security agencies in the country.
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen OB Akwa, Service Chiefs and some Senior Officers graced the occasion.