Ex OMBUDSMAN is a one-sided telephone battle exercise that runs for 5 days to crown the activities and program for Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) Junior Division (JD). The actual exercise play is preceded by students’ planning and setting up of an Exercise Headquarters. Ex OMBUDSMAN for JD Course 72 took place from 25–29 November 2019. Two syndicates of students represented a Joint HQ at the Military Command/Regional Police level and carried out staff actions in all phases of an Internal Security/Counterinsurgency operations.
The aim of the 2019 exercise was to practice students in staff work and procedures in order to confirm lessons learned in previous exercises and studies.
Specifically, the exercise practiced students in the establishment of Joint HQs, the restoration and maintenance of law and order in Internal Security/Counterinsurgency situations in an urban setting.
There were 2-player HQs representing Southern and Central Commands which were formed from the student body; other security services represented by elements from the Police, Prisons, Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority, Immigration, Fire Service and Narcotics Control Board. The same students were assigned to the Control Staff.
THE REPRESENTATIVE OF GHANA REVENUE AUTHORITY BRIEFING THE JOINT HEADQUARTERS
MEMBERS OF THE JOINT HEADQUARTERS AT MORNING BRIEF
PARTICIPANTS ON AERIAL PATROL OVER THE OPERATIONAL AREA
AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE OPERATIONAL AREA
THE REGIONAL POLICE COMMANDER GIVING HIS BRIEF
Students held appointments which included the Regional Minister, Deputy Regional Minister, General Officer Commanding, the Chief of Staff, Assistant Chief of Staff and some Staff Officers. Other appointments held were the Maritime Liaison Officer (LO), the Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP) for Sectors A and B, LOs from Prisons Service, Customs Division of GRA, Immigration Service, Fire Service, BNI, and NACOB.
It is emphasized that the exercise setting was entirely fictitious. The political situation portrayed was a figment of the sponsor Directing Staff’s (Lecturer) imagination and was not intended to reflect the past, insinuate the present or to predict the future.
On the whole, the exercise was very successful as student participants and the external participants all applied themselves to the exercise. Certificates were presented to all participants on the exercise.
ASSISTANT COMMANDANT PRESENTING A CERTIFICATE AN EXTERNAL PARTICIPANT FROM THE GHANA NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE
ASSISTANT COMMANDANT JUNIOR DIVISION AND DEAN OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS GAFCSC IN A GROUP PICTURE WITH PARTICIPANTS AFTER EXERCISE OMBUDSMAN