PAST CDS’s

Past Chiefs of the Defence Staff (CDS)
         NAME                                                                                     PERIOD
  1. Maj Gen AGV Paley                                          –    1954 – 11 Jan 1960#
  2. Maj Gen HT Alexander                                    –    11 Mar 60-22 Sep 61
  3. Maj Gen SJA Otu                                              –    23 Sep 61-27 Jul 65
  4. Maj Gen NA Aferi                                             –    28 Jul 65-24 Feb 66
  5. Maj Gen/Lt Gen EK  Kotoka                          –    24 Feb 66-17 Apr 67
  6. Lt Gen J A Ankrah                                           –    18 Apr 67-1 Mar 68
  7. Lt Gen MA Otu (Air Force)                            –    2 Mar-20 Nov 1968
  8. Lt Gen AK  Ocran                                             –    21 Nov 68-1 Nov 69
  9. Lt Gen MA Otu (Air Force)                            –    8 Nov 69-25 Jun 71
  10. Maj Gen DK Addo                                            –    26 Jun 71-13 Jan 72
  11. Maj Gen NY Ashley-Lassen (Air Force)      –    13 Jan 72-16 Dec 74
  12. Maj Gen LA Okai                                             –    17 Dec 74-12 Nov 76
  13. Maj Gen FWK Akuffo                                      –    13 Nov 76-5 Jul 78
  14. Maj Gen REA Kotei                                         –     6 Jul 78-23 Jul 78
  15. Lt Gen JM Hamidu                                         –     24 Jul 78-4 Jun 79
  16. Colonel EDF Prah                                            –      5 Jun 79-7 Jul 79
  17. Brigadier J Nunoo-Mensah                           –     8 Jul 79-27 Nov 79
  18. Maj Gen EK Sam                                              –     28 Nov 79-6 Dec 79
  19. Air Cdre/AVM JE Odaate-Barnor                –      7 Dec 79-31 Dec 81
  20. Brigadier J Nunoo-Mensah                           –     1 Jan 82-23 Nov 82
  21. Flt Lt JJ Rawlings+                                         –     28 Nov 82-25 Aug 83
  22. Brigadier A Quainoo                                       –      25 Aug 83-30 Sep 83
  23. Maj Gen A Quainoo                                        –      30 Sep 83-31 May 87
  24. Lt Gen A Quainoo                                            –      2 Jun 87-22 Sep 89
  25. Flt Lt JJ Rawlings                                            –      2 Jun 87-22 Sep 89
  26. Lt Gen WM Mensa-Wood                              –      4 Jun 90-21 Mar 92
  27. Air Marshall AHK Dumashie                         –     22 Mar 92-1 Oct  96
  28. Lt Gen BK Akafia                                              –     1 Oct 96-Feb 2001
  29. Lt Gen SK Obeng                                              –     Feb 2001-Feb 2005
  30. Lt Gen JB Danquah                                          –     Feb 2005 – 28 Jan 09
  31. R/Adm ARS Nuno                                            –     28 Jan-3 Apr 09*
  32. Lt Gen PA Blay                                                  –     3 Apr 09-28 Mar 13
  33. Vice Admiral Mathew Quarshie                     –     June 2013 –  Mar 2016

# Served first as Commander of Gold Coast Military Forces, then Commander of Ghana Military Forces on independence and finally as GOC  Ghana Army before retirement.

    Deputy Chiefs of Defence Staff

              Name                                                           Period

  1. Maj Gen JA Ankrah                                     16 Jul 63-28 Jul 65
  2. Maj Gen DCK Amenu                                   Aug 69-Jun 71