Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah has officially commenced his role as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) after taking over a new era of leadership from former CDS Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, who proceeded on retirement on Thursday, February 1, 2024.
Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah was commissioned into the Ghana Armed Forces in 1986 as part of Regular Career Course 26 and was posted to the Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment as a Second Lieutenant.
Before he was appointed CDS, he was the Chief of the Army Staff 2020, a position he held until March 2020.
For his part, after providing unblemished services to the colours and country over four decades as well as championing the expansion drive of GAF, Vice Admiral Amoama bowed out ceremoniously, leaving an enviable record at the helm of leadership. In line with military tradition, a farewell parade was held in his honour at Burma Camp, followed by a ceremonial pulling-out through the Command Road with guards lining up the street to present arms on the flanks.
Vice Admiral Amoama, in his farewell speech, expressed gratitude to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces for the confidence he reposed in him to lead the service. He congratulated his successor, Major General Oppong-Peprah, and expressed confidence in his ability to lead GAF to greater heights.
He further thanked the military hierarchy and commanders at all levels including heads of the various Sister Security Services for their support in various ways during his tenure of office.
The Chief of Staff at the General Headquarters, Major General Nicholas Peter Andoh presented a citation on behalf of GAF. The various arms of service as well as the Police, Prisons, and Fire Service amongst others presented gifts to the outgoing CDS.