Major General Irvine Nii-Ayitey Aryeetey was born on 13 March 1962 in Accra where he spent his childhood years. He completed his ‘Ordinary’ and ‘Advanced’ Levels of Education at Presbyterian Secondary School, Legon and Navrongo Secondary School respectively.
He was trained at the Ghana Military Academy in October 1984, commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 16 August 1986, and posted to the Airborne Force in Northern Ghana. He proceeded to the US Army Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia in 1991, where he was trained and certified as a Jumpmaster/Pathfinder/Instructor.
Major General INA Aryeetey has completed all mandatory career courses. His outstanding performance on the Young Officers Course in 1991 and other mandatory assessments, afforded him the privilege to attend the Nigeria Command and Staff College for his Senior Staff Course in January 1995 and the Infantry Officer’s Advance Course, again in Fort Benning, Georgia, USA in August 1997. He completed the Senior Command and Staff Course at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College in 1999. Major General Aryeetey also graduated from the US Army War College in Pennsylvania, in June 2015 as a distinguished fellow.
Major General INA Aryeetey has served in various capacities in the Ghana Armed Forces. These include Instructor at the Jungle Warfare School, Directing Staff at the Army Combat Training School, Commanding Officer of the Airborne Battalion, Directing Staff at the Senior Division of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College and Directing Staff at the Command and Staff College of Nigeria (2010 – 2012), as part of an exchange program between the two countries. Major General Aryeetey returned to the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College in September 2012 and was appointed Chief Instructor at the Junior Division with additional responsibility as the Assistant Commandant of the Junior Division. In August 2013, he was moved to the Senior Division of the College as Chief Instructor, Army Faculty, with additional responsibility as Chief Instructor, Joint Studies. He was appointed Director of Studies of the College on 14 August 2015, when he returned from the US Army War College. He was later promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and appointed Assistant Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. In 2018, he was appointed Deputy Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC) upon his return from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Major General INA Aryeetey is an alumnus of the University for Development Studies, Ghana, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Development Studies. He obtained a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the University of Ghana. He also obtained a second Master’s degree in Development Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, and a third Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College in 2015.
Major General Aryeetey also holds a Special Certificate in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and certificates in Conflict and Crisis Management, Defense Management, Peace Operations, and Security Sector Governance and Management. He also attended a short command course at the Pearson Centre for Peacekeeping in Canada in 2004.
Major General Aryeetey has participated in numerous peace support operations. He served twice as a Commanding Officer of Ghanaian Battalions in the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC – 2004) and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL – 2006). He was also a Military Observer with the United Nations Mission in Cambodia (UNTAC – 1993) and the United Nations Observer Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE – 2000). He also served twice with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL – 1990 and 1996). Major General Aryeetey also served with the United Nation’s Stabilization Mission in Congo (MONUSCO) as Western Brigade Commander. Prior to his current appointment as the Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, he again had a third opportunity to return to UNIFIL as Deputy Force Commander from 2019 – 2022.
Major General Aryeetey is married and blessed with children. He loves watching and playing outdoor games, doing long daily brisk walking, and has a passion for Badminton. He also likes analyzing current national and international issues.