After a 14-day mandatory quarantine to embark on a one year Peace Support Operation (PSO) in South Sudan, a farewell parade was held on Thursday, 22 July 2021 for troops of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan Ghanaian Battalion 9 (UNMISS GHANBATT 9) at the Battle Training Camp (BTC) Bundase, Accra.
The Reviewing Officer who doubles as Command Logistic Officer for Southern Command, Colonel Stephen Opoku Agyemang in a speech commended the troops for successfully undergoing all the United Nations (UN) mandatory requirements before inserted into the mission area.
Colonel Agyemang in positioning a quote from Henry Ford, an American Industrialist said that coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress but working together is success and that was to encourage all troops of UNMISS GHANBATT 9 to remain loyal to those in authority, be professional, disciplined and united to secure a successful tour of duty.
He further advised troops to be mindful of the use of social media and abide by all Command policy directives and guidelines. He also urged the troops to take their in-mission training seriously to keep their professional skills perfected.
Colonel Agyemang on behalf of High Command wished all personnel of UNMISS GHANBATT 9 a successful tour of duty and stressed on the need for troops to strictly adhere to all COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines.
The Battalion is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Micheal Afreh Mfum and made up of 700 troops who underwent a six-week pre-deployment training in different phases to adequately prepare for the mission ahead of them in South Sudan.