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The Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) held a graduation ceremony for 76 students of Junior Staff Course 80 on Friday, December 15, 2023, at the Hamidu Hall.

The 19-week course brought together students from Ghana and allied countries, aiming to train selected officers in staff functions by developing their leadership, analytical, and communication skills, laying the foundation for their future career development.

The Guest of Honour, Nana Prah Agyensaim VI, the Paramount Chief of Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Area in the Central Region, emphasized in his speech that the course served as a gateway for the graduates to expand their professional knowledge, gaining broader perspectives on national and global affairs. He highlighted that the curriculum was designed to furnish students with vital competencies for junior and mid-level military roles.

Nana Prah mentioned that the insights the students acquired would undoubtedly position them to navigate and address the complex challenges in their career progression. He reminded them of the critical importance of training in a world fraught with threats to peace, ranging from terrorism to natural disasters, charging them that their newfound knowledge and skills were crucial in understanding and mitigating such threats.

The Guest of Honour reiterated that the Ghana Armed Forces played a key role in domestic security operations, emphasizing the importance of robust civil-military relations in resolving security challenges. He urged all attendees to be committed to problem-solving, personnel management, and maintaining high standards of discipline and integrity, upholding the esteemed reputation of the institution through the application of the expertise they had acquired.

As part of their studies, Junior Staff Course 80 conducted an Environmental Study Tour to the Bono and Ahafo Regions. They explored challenges in these regions, covering topics such as protecting forest reserves, addressing illegal small-scale mining, and evaluating waste management efforts. Additionally, they focused on promoting access to quality female STEM education in the Bono Region.

At the end of the course, Major Patrick Peprah Obuobi was adjudged the Overall Best student and Best in Assistant Commandant's Paper, while Major Patience Naa Ayorkor Badger was adjudged the Second Best Student, Second Best in Assistant Commandant's Paper, and the Best Female Student. Squadron Leader Samuel Gyan Oppong won the Everard Award, while Flight Lieutenant David Dillimono was adjudged the Best Allied Student.


By Sgt Opoku Solomon