64 Infantry Regiment has been adjudged winners of the 2021 edition of the annual Southern Command Inter-Units March and Shoot competition code named ‘Exercise Kullum Shirri’, held at the Asutsuare Training Camp (ASTC) from 16-18 June 2021.
The ‘Commandos’, obtained 189.4 points out of a highest possible score of 300 points and defied stiff opposition from 5 Infantry Battalion, 153 Armoured Regiment, 48 Engineer Regiment, Camp Southern Command, 1 Infantry Battalion, 2 Infantry Battalion and 66 Artillery Regiment, who placed 2nd,3rd, 4th, 5th,6th, 7th and 8th respectively.
The aim of the exercise was to test individual physical fitness and endurance of troops under command, test participants navigation and map reading abilities, test and practice marksmanship skills of troops as well as engender competitive spirit, unit pride and esprit de corps among southern command units.
It was also to afford Headquarters Southern Command the opportunity to select a formidable team for the impending ‘Exercise Tiger’s Path’, a biennial jungle warfare competitive exercise conducted between arms of service and commands of the Ghana armed forces (GAF).
In a speech read by the Chief Staff Officer (CSO) at the Army Headquarters, Brig Gen Charles Agyemang-Prempeh on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj Gen Thomas Oppong- Peprah reiterated his vision to produce a highly motivated, well trained and well equipped army with quality officers and soldiers with physical and mental endurance, which can only be harnessed through training programs such as Ex Kullum Shirri.
He added that, the conduct of ‘Ex Kullum Shirri’ sends a clear message to the general public reassuring them of the willingness of the Ghana army to respond efficiently and effectively to any situation that has the tendency to disturb the peace Ghana enjoys.
Touching on the menace of illegal mining on and along the side of some major river bodies in the country which had become a national security threat, Maj Gen Thomas Oppong-Peprah indicated that the devastation caused by such activities on the environment and the vegetation invariably threatens the survival of current and future generations, hence the need to stop it altogether with the conduct of Operation Halt II.
For his part, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Southern Command, Brig Gen Michael Ayisi Amoah highlighted the need for constant training to satisfy the constitutional demand placed on troops by the ACT of parliament that established the GAF. He stated that training is the key to the success of every professional armed force; therefore it was imperative for troops to train in readiness for any eventuality, in the wake of the looming dynamic threats of terrorism close to the shores of Ghana.
Brig Gen Ayisi Amoah was delighted at the professionalism exhibited by participants on Exercise Kullum Shirri and encouraged troops to remain disciplined, loyal, diligent and well trained always.
The exercise culminated with a falling plates shooting competition at the Ogyefo range at the ASTC, after which WOII Koli Emmanuel of Camp Southern Command and Pte Boakye Francisca Kyeremaa of 64 Infantry regiment were adjudged best male and female shots respectively.