The scriptural admonition that “no man does anything secretly but expects to be known openly,” was heeded to, when the youngest service of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) – the Ghana Air Force – launched her own magazine – The Airman – as a documentary mouthpiece to help present and preserve information of the service.
The Airman magazine, which was outdoored on the 3rd of February, 2018, comes as the third of similar informative tools of the GAF after “The Soldier” and “The Sailor” by the Army and Navy, respectively.
The 83-paged magazine intends to educate, inform, entertain, and provide feature articles on the history, roles, functions, structure and activities of the Air Force, as well as goodwill messages from Service Chief Commanders.
It will also contain articles on the military, past chiefs of Air Staff from 1959, historical development of Aviation in the Gold Coast, the role of the Air Force in peacekeeping, and women with wings amongst others, towards the development of the nation.
Director of Academic Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Professor Vladmir Antwi-Danso, who reviewed the magazine, said it had come at an opportune time to enable servicemen and civilians to research into the activities of the Air Force.
He added that the Airman had fulfilled all the necessary criteria to be accepted into the family of magazines that serve good purposes, adding that it would serve as a medium of telling the past, present and future occurrences of the Ghana Air Force.
The professor advised that in subsequent editions, the publishers should invite contributions and articles from the Academia, not only to enrich the canvas of the magazine but also to widen its readership as he encouraged corporate bodies to submit useful materials for publication in subsequent editions.
Air Vice Marshal Mantsebi Tei Nagai, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), encouraged corporate bodies to seize the opportunity to advertise their products in the ‘’The Airman’’ since the Magazine has the potential of a wide readership extending beyond the borders of Ghana, as GAF operates and serves in several peacekeeping missions.
Wing Commander (WG Cdr) Patrick Nelson Sogbodjor (Rtd), who was the Chairman of the occasion, applauding the motive for the magazine, urged the production team of the mouthpiece, to be conscious of the provision of timely knowledge-based information through the ‘’The Airman’’ for both service personnel and the general public.
“The maiden edition and subsequent ones, I believe, will serve as historical references which posterity will benefit from even when we are long gone. Having once been an airman, in the generic sense and now retired, I can better appreciate the importance of having the Air Force tell its own story’’, he said.
Present at the function were the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Obed Boamah Akwa, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major-General William Azure Ayamdo, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) – Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo, Chief of Air Staff (CAS) – Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Maxwell Matsebi-Tei Nagai and many other retired generals.
Story: Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Burma Camp, Accra