The Three Military Faculties in GAFCSC made up of the Army, Navy and Air Force are given one week each to acquaint all students, especially those of different services with their various activities and operations. The 2017 Faculty Weeks took place from 9-27 October 2017.
The Army Faculty started the Services’ Weeks with ‘Land Combat Power Week’ on 13 October 2017. The programme of activities included Lectures by Staff Officers from Army HQ, Map Exercises (MAPEX), Tactical Exercise Without Troops (TEWT) in the Afienya general area and a Field Demonstration at Bundase Training Camp. The aim of the Week was to analyze the roles, concepts of operation, major equipment and capabilities of the Ghana Army. The Week afforded the Navy and Air Force students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with basic understanding of the Land Component during Joint Operations.
The highlight of the Week was when the Chief of the Army Staff delivered his Vision for the Ghana Army for the next decade. His Vision included Future Force Design and State of Readiness, Command Philosophy, Training, Operations, Strategic Enablers and Logistics.
MARITIME COMBAT POWER WEEK
The Maritime Combat Power Week followed immediately after the Army Week. It consisted of a series of lectures, presentations, syndicate room discussions and a sea trip.
The maritime lectures outlined the roles and capabilities of a maritime force with emphasis on the Ghana Navy to the Army and Air Force students. The week allowed the non-naval students also appreciate the operational procedures and service ethos of the Ghana Navy for a better understanding of the methodology which supports maritime warfare. The programme of activities again included a Chart Exercise (CHARTEX) to enable students appreciate and gain some practical knowledge in time and space constraints when maneuvering maritime forces. The Chief of Naval Staff also used the Week to outline his vision for the Ghana Navy.
AIR COMBAT POWER WEEK
The Air Combat Power Week came off from Mon 23 to Thu 26 Oct 17. It was a continuation of the lessons taught during the Land and Maritime Combat Power Weeks.
The objective of the Air Combat Power Week was to convey a fundamental understanding of air power to students especially to those of the Land and Maritime Faculties.
The activities of the Week included lectures and presentations by Directing Staff of the Air Faculty and resource persons from AF HQ. The high point of the week was the Chief of Air Staff’s lecture, which outlined his vision for the Ghana Air Force.
Students went through a 2-day air exercise code named Exercise AIR POWER. The exercise was led by a Land or Maritime students with the guidance of the Air Faculty student(s) and the support of Syndicate Directing Staff.
The Staff and Students of the College also visited the Air Force Base Accra. The visit exposed students to the organization and roles of a Ghana Air Force Base and a practical experience of the delivery of air power. The Students were given an air experience on the transport aircraft and a helicopter.
LAND COMBAT POWER DEMONSTRATION
The Faculty Weeks ended with a Land Combat Power Demonstration at Bundase Training Camp. The demonstration entailed the deployment of a Battle Group in the field, showcased a Command Post, the Combat Support Assets and Para Drop by personnel of Airborne Force. The Guest of Honour was the Defence Minister, Hon Dominic Nitiwul.