The United States Army (US Army) through its Commander of Special Operations for Africa, Major General (Maj Gen) Dagvin Anderson has emphasized the need for more collaboration and engagement with Ghana.
This, he said would help find comprehensive ways to foster the relationship that exists between them as well as enhance information sharing.
Maj Gen Anderson made these known in a brief interaction with the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Maj Gen Thomas Oppong-Peprah at his office when he paid a one-day courtesy call on him at the Army Headquarters in Burma Camp, Accra on Wednesday, 19 May 2021.
The Special Operations Commander disclosed that he was impressed by the development that had gone on in the Ghana Army and the level of professionalism exhibited by personnel. He noted that his visit had been exceptionally good while commending the Army High Command for the partnership and engagement.
He applauded the COAS for envisioning the flagship anti-terrorism training codenamed “Exercise Eagle Claws” to counter terrorist activities along the country’s Eastern and Northern borders. “Exercise Eagle Claws is a great way to bring together the understanding of the kinetic pieces and the non-kinetic aspects,” Maj Gen Anderson stressed. He added that the exercise also showed how the Ghana Army saw and comprehend the threat dynamics of terrorism in the country.
Maj Gen Anderson also expressed his appreciation to the COAS for inviting him and his team to witness the exercise which will commence on Monday, 24 Friday, 28 May 2021 in the Northern sector of the country.
He commended the Army for adhering to international best practice by the efforts to engage the local population of the training areas and embark on civil military relations to genuinely win the hearts and minds of the people.
Major Gen Oppong-Peprah, on his part, thanked the Special Operations Commander for his visit which he noted as exhibiting the efforts towards greater teamwork and partnership between the two Armies.
He further revealed how important the collaboration between the US Army and the Ghana Army is to his vision as the COAS; “To produce a highly motivated, a well-trained and well-equipped Army with quality Officers and Soldiers to achieve the task of the Army.”
He, therefore, appreciated the US Army for admitting personnel of the Ghana Army into courses in the US to build their capacity. The COAS also expressed gratitude to them for sponsoring and participating in courses in Ghana. He confirmed that the Ghana Army will host and participate in Exercise Flintlock 2023.