Southern Command's two-day inter-unit shooting competition code named ‘Ex Fire Storm’ was held at the Teshie Gallery Range on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 August 2022.

The annual event, conducted for units under Southern Command is aimed at intensifying the weapon training and handling skills among troops, fostering cooperation, promoting competition and esprit de corps as well as encouraging young soldiers to improve on their marksmanship skills.

It was also to enable Southern Command raise a formidable team as part of preparations towards the Ghana Army Inter-Commands and Formations shooting competition code named ‘Ex Thunderbolt’ slated for later this year.

The participating units - 1, 2 and 5 Battalions of Infantry, 66 Artillery Regiment, 48 Engineer Regiment and Camp Southern Command competed in M16 standard rifle firing, M16 carbine for SMG practice and Pistol firing from various distances and firing positions.

After two days of keen contest, 2 Infantry Battalion was adjudged overall best team for this year’s ‘Ex Fire Storm’, while Camp Southern Command and 5 Infantry Battalion came in as first and second runners up respectively.  1 Infantry Battalion, 66 Artillery Regiment and 48 Engineers Regiment came in 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.

In a speech delivered on behalf of  the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS),  Maj Gen Thomas Oppong-Peprah the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Southern Command (S/COMD), Brig Gen Michael Ayisi Amoah reiterated his vision to produce a highly motivated, well trained and well equipped Army with quality officers and soldiers to achieve the task of the Army.

The COAS stressed that this vision cannot be achieved without vigorous training and competitions such as ‘Ex Fire Storm’ to test and improve the marksmanship skills and mental toughness of troops which largely elicits the desired qualities necessary to deal with existing and emerging security threats.

He added that, the competition reassures the populace that the Ghana Army is ready to respond efficiently and effectively to any situation that has the propensity to disturb the peace and stability of Ghana.

Maj Gen Oppong-Peprah commended the GOC S/COMD for his sterling leadership which ensured the success of this year’s event even in the face of scarce resources and operational commitments. He further congratulated 2 Infantry Battalion for the spectacular performance which earned them first place in the competition.