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The head of the Ghana Army was formerly referred to as the army commander but now has the title above. The list of former heads lies below.[1] The current Chief of Army Staff is Major General William Ayamdo.[2] He was appointed to the position by President Akuffo-Addo on 9 February 2017.[3]

List of Chiefs of Army Staff[]

GA Chiefs of the Army
Chief of the Army Staff Conscription Note
Brigadier D. H. Tadman Brigade Commander
Major General A. G. V. Paley ? – 1960 First designated army commander
Major General Henry Templer Alexander 1960 – 1961 Combined CDS with army commander
Brigadier Joseph Arthur Ankrah Dec 1961 – Oct 1962 First native Ghanaian commander
Major General S. J. A. Otu Oct 1962 – Jul 1965
Brigadier Charles M. Barwah Jul 1965 - Feb 1966 Assassinated during the military-led coup of 24-Feb-1966.[4]
Brigadier A. K. Ocran Feb 1966 – Aug 1966
Major General Cleland Cofie Bruce Aug 1966 – May 1967
Major General A. K. Ocran May 1967 – Nov 1968
Brigadier D. C. K. Amenu Nov 1968 – Aug 1969
Major General D. K. Addo Aug 1969 – Jun 1971
Brigadier J. R. K. Acquah Jun 1971 – Oct 1971
Brigadier H. D. Twum-Barimah Oct 1971 – Jan 1972
Colonel Emmanuel Alexander Erskine Jan 1972 – Feb 1972
Brigadier D. A. Asare Feb 1972 – Jan 1973
Brigadier E. A. Erskine Feb 1973 – Apr 1974
Brigadier Fred W. K. Akuffo May 1974 – Nov 1976
Brigadier and later Major General Robert Kotei Nov 1976 – Jul 1978
Major General Neville Alexander Odartey-Wellington Jul 1978 – Jun 1979 Died in office
Brigadier Joseph Nunoo-Mensah Jun 1979 – Jul 1979
Brigadier Arnold Quainoo Jul 1979 – Nov 1979
Brigadier I. K. Amoah Nov 1979 – Dec 1981
Brigadier/Major General Arnold Quainoo Jan 1982 – Jun 1987
Major General W.M. Mensah-Wood Jun 87 – Jun 90
Brigadier Ben K. Akafia Jun 1990 – Jan 1992
Major General Ben K. Akafia Jan 1992 – Sep 1996
Major General J. H. Smith Oct 1996 – Feb 2001
Major General Clayton Naa Boanubah Yaache Feb 2001 – Jun 2005
Major General Samuel Anum Odotei 20 May 2005 – 2009
Major General Joseph Narh Adinkra 31 Mar 2009 – 4 April 2013
Major General Richard Opoku-Adusei 4 April 2013 – 9 Feb 2017[5]
Major General Obed Boamah Akwa 4 April 2013 – 2 June 2016[6]
Major General William Azure Ayamdo 9 Feb 2017 – present

References[]

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