By Maxwell Obiri-Yeboah .
An induction ceremony has been held to pave way for a new Air Force Commander to take over the Ghana Air Force (GAF) Command.
The handing over service which took place at the Air Force Base at Burma Camp last Thursday, January 31, 2019, saw Group Captain J.L Mensah-Larkai take over command from the Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Frederick Asare Bekoe.
The incoming Group Captain Mensah-Larkai thanked the Military High Command for “the confidence” reposed in him and the opportunity to command the Base.
“I am deeply honored and I thank each one of you that has supported, guided and placed their fate in me. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and I am humbled by the caliber of personnel I have to lead who comprise of such professionals and whose services are essential to the national security of Ghana,” he said.
He also promised to do his best for the base to flourish and build upon the success stories of his predecessors in bringing “all officers to a successful landing”.
Speaking at the event, the outgoing AVM Bekoe recounted many of the success stories he has achieved after three years in active service as commander of the GAF both operational and administrative roles.
“On the operational front, the base conducted several VVIP long haul flights from Accra to Brussels, Washington, Dortmund, Berlin and Bangkok among others,” he said.
AVM Bekoe went on, “domestically, rescue operations were conducted to save lives during disasters, especially in the Northern Region, training of its personnel in managing emergencies, government dedication flights and also supporting our sister services without any incident.”
Administratively, he echoed the several infrastructural developments such as construction of new unit block for the young air men, renovation of the amenities center, construction of TT auditorium, modernisation of the pilot screen room and e-Library among others, which were erected under his tutelage.
The AVM, who works on special duties as an Air Officer at the Jubilee House, told The Chronicle that he is sure the government will continue to support the GAF with equipment, personnel and training needed to serve the good people of Ghana.
The event was graced by dignitaries such as the Chief of Defense Staff, Director Generals, Directors and Senior Officers within the GAF, as well as their counterparts from the army and other senior intelligence officers.