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A delegation of senior leaders from Ghana's defense service components visited U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarters as part of a senior leadership engagement that offered an in-depth look at the command's mission and activities,
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - 17th Air Force (Air Forces Africa) Commander Major General Margaret Woodward (left) talks with Ghanaian Defence Forces Sergeant Major (Chief Warrant Officer) Daniel Yaw Adu (right) during a visit from a Ghanaian senior enlisted delegation to the headquarters of AFAFRICA, November 8, 2010. The visit, based on sharing expertise on enlisted force development, was part of an overall visit to U.S. Africa Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sergeant Jim Fisher)
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Photo 1 of 4: RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - 17th Air Force (Air Forces Africa) Commander Major General Margaret Woodward (left) talks with Ghanaian Defence Forces Sergeant Major (Chief Warrant Officer) Daniel Yaw Adu (right) during a visit from a Ghanaian senior enlisted delegation to the headquarters of AFAFRICA, November 8, 2010. The visit, based on sharing expertise on enlisted force development, was part of an overall visit to U.S. Africa Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sergeant Jim Fisher) Download full-resolution version
STUTTGART, Germany - AFRICOM Command Sergeant Major Mark Ripka, Ghanaian Master Chief of the Navy Thaddeus Homatekor, Ghanaian Defense Forces Sergeant Major Daniel Adu Yaw, Ghanaian Sergeant Major of the Army Dickson Owusu, Ghanaian Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Samual Adetsu, and Ambassador J. Anthony Holmes, U.S. Africa Command deputy to the commander for civil-military activities, meet during the Ghanaian delegation's visit to the command headquarters October 10, 2010. (AFRICOM photo by Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty)
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Photo 2 of 4: STUTTGART, Germany - AFRICOM Command Sergeant Major Mark Ripka, Ghanaian Master Chief of the Navy Thaddeus Homatekor, Ghanaian Defense Forces Sergeant Major Daniel Adu Yaw, Ghanaian Sergeant Major of the Army Dickson Owusu, Ghanaian Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Samual Adetsu, and Ambassador J. Anthony Holmes, U.S. Africa Command deputy to the commander for civil-military activities, meet during the Ghanaian delegation's visit to the command headquarters October 10, 2010. (AFRICOM photo by Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty) Download full-resolution version
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Master Sergeant Eric Danley, specialist section chief for the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (right), discusses maintenance scheduling and manning with (from left to right) Ghanaian Sergeant Major of the Army Dickson Owusu, Ghanaian Defence Forces Sergeant Major Daniel Yaw Adu, and Master Air Warrant Officer Samuel Jimon Adetsu during the Ghanaian senior enlisted delegation's visit to 17th Air Force (Air Forces Africa) in Ramstein, Germany, November 8, 2010. The delegation, during a visit with U.S. Africa Command this week, came to Ramstein to share experience on enlisted force development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sergeant Jim Fisher)
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Photo 3 of 4: RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Master Sergeant Eric Danley, specialist section chief for the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (right), discusses maintenance scheduling and manning with (from left to right) Ghanaian Sergeant Major of the Army Dickson Owusu, Ghanaian Defence Forces Sergeant Major Daniel Yaw Adu, and Master Air Warrant Officer Samuel Jimon Adetsu during the Ghanaian senior enlisted delegation's visit to 17th Air Force (Air Forces Africa) in Ramstein, Germany, November 8, 2010. The delegation, during a visit with U.S. Africa Command this week, came to Ramstein to share experience on enlisted force development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sergeant Jim Fisher) Download full-resolution version
STUTTGART, Germany - Ghanaian Sergeant Major of the Army Dickson Owusu, Ghanaian Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Samual Adetsu, Ghanaian Defense Forces Sergeant Major Daniel Adu Yaw, Ghanaian Master Chief of the Navy Thaddeus Homatekor, and AFRICOM Command Sergeant Major Mark Ripka pause for a photo during the Ghanaian delegation's visit to the command headquarters October 10, 2010. (AFRICOM photo by Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty)
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Photo 4 of 4: STUTTGART, Germany - Ghanaian Sergeant Major of the Army Dickson Owusu, Ghanaian Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Samual Adetsu, Ghanaian Defense Forces Sergeant Major Daniel Adu Yaw, Ghanaian Master Chief of the Navy Thaddeus Homatekor, and AFRICOM Command Sergeant Major Mark Ripka pause for a photo during the Ghanaian delegation's visit to the command headquarters October 10, 2010. (AFRICOM photo by Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty) Download full-resolution version
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - 17th Air Force (Air Forces Africa) Commander Major General Margaret Woodward (left) talks with Ghanaian Defence Forces Sergeant Major (Chief Warrant Officer) Daniel Yaw Adu (right) during a visit from a Ghanaian senior enlisted delegation to the headquarters of AFAFRICA, November 8, 2010. The visit, based on sharing expertise on enlisted force development, was part of an overall visit to U.S. Africa Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sergeant Jim Fisher)
STUTTGART, Germany - AFRICOM Command Sergeant Major Mark Ripka, Ghanaian Master Chief of the Navy Thaddeus Homatekor, Ghanaian Defense Forces Sergeant Major Daniel Adu Yaw, Ghanaian Sergeant Major of the Army Dickson Owusu, Ghanaian Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Samual Adetsu, and Ambassador J. Anthony Holmes, U.S. Africa Command deputy to the commander for civil-military activities, meet during the Ghanaian delegation's visit to the command headquarters October 10, 2010. (AFRICOM photo by Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty)
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Master Sergeant Eric Danley, specialist section chief for the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (right), discusses maintenance scheduling and manning with (from left to right) Ghanaian Sergeant Major of the Army Dickson Owusu, Ghanaian Defence Forces Sergeant Major Daniel Yaw Adu, and Master Air Warrant Officer Samuel Jimon Adetsu during the Ghanaian senior enlisted delegation's visit to 17th Air Force (Air Forces Africa) in Ramstein, Germany, November 8, 2010. The delegation, during a visit with U.S. Africa Command this week, came to Ramstein to share experience on enlisted force development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sergeant Jim Fisher)
STUTTGART, Germany - Ghanaian Sergeant Major of the Army Dickson Owusu, Ghanaian Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Samual Adetsu, Ghanaian Defense Forces Sergeant Major Daniel Adu Yaw, Ghanaian Master Chief of the Navy Thaddeus Homatekor, and AFRICOM Command Sergeant Major Mark Ripka pause for a photo during the Ghanaian delegation's visit to the command headquarters October 10, 2010. (AFRICOM photo by Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty)
A delegation of senior leaders from Ghana's defense service components visited U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarters as part of a senior leadership engagement that offered an in-depth look at the command's mission and activities, October 10, 2010.

The group of four enlisted leaders from the Ghanaian Forces, Army, Air Force and Navy and were hosted by AFRICOM Command Sergeant Major Mark Ripka.

During their visit to the command, the group met with the deputy to the commander for civil-military activities, Ambassador J. Anthony Holmes, and other senior staff members to discuss the command and learn about training and enlisted development.

One of the points the delegation was most impressed by was the high authority and trust given to enlisted forces, such as the sergeant major serving as the non-commissioned officer (NCO) academy commandant at 17th Air Force, where they visited earlier in the week.

"It was very wonderful and we are very pleased," Ghanaian Defense Forces Sergeant Major Daniel Adu Yaw said.

Yaw said he would also like to create family support programs like those of the U.S. military that the group witnessed during their tour. Ghana's military conducts various peacekeeping missions and international deployments where he noted the support programs would help ease the worries of soldiers and improve their ability to focus on the mission.

In addition to U.S. Africa Command Headquarters and Ramstein Air Base's 17th Air Force, the delegates also visited the Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area to learn about various readiness training provided at the center.

Ghanaian Master Chief of the Navy Thaddeus Homatekor said the conduct of the NCOs they met at the center and throughout their tour exemplified the professionalism and success of the U.S. military.

Along with holding senior leadership engagements with African partners like Ghana, Ripka also hosts a Web page specifically created to assist enlisted members. The Warrant Officer/NCO site provides professional reading, development curricula, doctrinal training publications, and various tactical aide memoires, as well as relevant news articles and stories from the Armed Forces/Defense Forces of African Partner Nations and the United States.

Delegation members included:

Ghanaian Defense Forces Sergeant Major Daniel Adu Yaw
Ghanaian Master Chief of the Navy Thaddeus Homatekor,
Ghanaian Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Samual Adetsu
Ghanaian Sergeant Major of the Army Dickson Owusu
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