16 March 2017. The Commander of the United State of America’s Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), Gen Darren McDew, together with five Generals of the United State Department of Defence has paid a two day working visit to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 March 2017.
The aim of the visit was to strengthen the existing bilateral relationship between the US and Ghana Armed Forces in areas of mutual concern, as well as hold discussions on bilateral strategic logistics support to foster the development of logistics network throughout Africa.
Gen McDew and his delegation were warmly received at the office of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Maj Gen Obed Boamah Akwa by the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air vice Marshall Maxwell Mantsebi Tei-Nagai, where they held a brief talk in camera and shared felicitations.
In a conference with Directors responsible for transport system in the GAF, the Director General, Logistics, Air Commodore JSK Dzamefe said that, the GAF had no dedicated warehouse to cater for combat teams as well as logistics to airlift and sealift troops in an emergency operation due to the unfavourable condition of our aircrafts.
He reiterated that, two of the aircrafts were undergoing servicing which would cost an amount of 4.4million Euros and therefore sought the financial assistance of USTRANSCOM.
The Director for Logistics US Africa Command, Brig Gen Mark D Camerer said the US was readily available to give the GAF logistical support, establishing a warehouse and providing resources to facilitate smooth operations of the GAF.
Air Cdr Dzamefe expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the visit and hoped that the relationship that existed between GAF and USTRANSCOM would aid the improvement of the transportation system of the latter.
USTRANSCOM is one of nine unified Commands of the United States Department of Defence. It is tasked with the coordination of people and transportation assets to allow the US project and sustain forces wherever, and as long as they were needed. It also coordinate missions worldwide using both the military and commercial transportation resources and is made up of the Air Force Air Mobility Command, the Navy’s Military Sealift and Army Surface Deployment as well as the Distribution Command.