Ghanaian Veterans in DMV Form an Association
Ghana Armed Forces Veterans Association, District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (GAFVA - DMV) was on Saturday, December 06, 2014 inaugurated at a ceremony in Lorton, Virginia.
Membership of the Association is made up of former servicemen of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) currently residing in Greater Washington, Maryland and Virginia metro-areas of the United States of America (USA).
At the inaugural ceremony in Lorton, Virginia on Saturday, December 06, 2014, Ex-Sgt Roland Azure was sworn-in as the first President of GAFVA-DMV.
The ceremony was organized under the patronage of the Office of the Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché (DMNAA), Embassy of Ghana, Washington DC and was represented by the Administrative Officer, Chief Petty Officer James Asiedu-Pani.
Delivering the inaugural address on behalf of the DMNAA, Brigadier General Seidu Adams, Chief Petty Officer Asiedu-Pani said the history of GAFVA-DMV, dates back to 2005 but faced challenges with organization and structuring until August 2013 when the current membership decided to rejuvenate the association and have it incorporated in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Chief Petty Officer Asiedu-Pani listed the aims and objectives of GAFVA-DMV, which include but not limited to the following:
To identify, mobilize and promote unity among all GAF veterans who reside in the metro area of Washington, Maryland and Virginia.
To foster among all GAF veterans, the spirit of comradeship, and to maintain closer links and relationship with the Ghanaian community associations.
To uphold, preserve and perpetuate the traditions and deeds of the military profession at all times; “Once A soldier, Always A Soldier”
To promote the interest, general welfare, empowerment of comrades for the benefit of members seeking opportunities both in Ghana and the USA.
Chief Petty Officer Asiedu-Pani, applauded the founders of the association for the excellent initiative and charged them to respect the contents of the bye-laws of the association.
He further admonished them to be law-abiding and do all within their means to exhibit the good qualities of discipline, tact and patriotism which run through the blood of all persons with military background.
Accepting the charge, the newly sworn-in President of GAFVA, Ex-Sgt Azure pledged to lead the association towards the fulfilment of its aims and objectives.
He regretted the challenges that impeded the establishment of the association and called on members to collectively work hard towards actualizing the aims and objectives of the association: Comradeship – Now & Forever.
He was certain that the Ghana Armed Forces Veterans Association, District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia branch has come to stay for good.