The Veterans Newsletter
Prior to the outdooring of the first edition of this NEWSLETTER, christened THE VETERAN, there was in circulation two publications, viz; VAG MAGAZINE a nd VAG BULLETIN.
These two publications were meant to serve the same purpose, that is to educate inform and entertain our target audience or readership, which is members of VAG fraternity, just as THE VETERANS NEWSLETTER is intended to do.
What has then prompted or mooted the idea to change the name to a NEWSLETTER, one may ask.
It is basically because the package in content, style and outward presentation is different. Above all THE VETERANS NEWSLETTER is not elitist.
Thus , THE VETERANS NEWSLETTER will ” deliver simple short stories and straight to the point news and information be-decked with pictures including news / – information from our affiliated organizations in the diaspora.
The information that the Veterans Newsletter will provide will enrich your knowledge, inform and educate you in your situation and circumstance. We invite you to contribute your stories, pictures and news in any form to us to help educate your colleagues.
Your contribution to the sustenance of “your newsletter” cannot be glossed over.
To keep the newsletter going throughout the year, we appeal to you to send to us either by mail or by hand your short stories, covering your experiences in military training and operations in Ghana, our sub region, our continent and the world at large.
We would also appreciate it if you could delve into your archives and send us memorable pictures with short descriptive notes on their significance and or relevance.
These would add value and excitement to our effort in producing a newsletter worth your taste and expectation.
PROFILE OF BRIGADIER- GENERAL I.G.M.K. KPETO
The name of the above general cannot be missed when it comes to recount of events that have carried VAG thus far. Many military officers have played their part in reshaping the VAG to its final destination to become a statutory body within the public service. Brigadier-General I.G.M.K Kpeto also played his part when he was appointed chairman of the Board that did the final audit report and recommended the name change from Veterans Association of Ghana to Veterans Administration, Ghana. Brigadier-General Kpeto was born on 9th April, 1939 in Hohoe in the Volta Region.
According to the General,his parents were devout Christians and understood the essence of education. He was, therefore, privileged to have started schooling at an early age, beginning from kindergarten through Primary School. He spent a few years with a very close relation at Anloga where he sat for and passed the common Entrance Examination. Young Kpeto entered the Achimota School in February 1957, the year of Ghana’s Independence. General Kpeto recalls with pride the first day he entered Achimota with personalities like the late President of the Republic of Ghana, Professor J.E.A Mills, and Mr. Yaw Osafo Marfo. He became close to the late President through sports.
Both played in the school’s hockey and cricket teams and won several awards for he school. He said they both featured in several sports festivals in Ghana and outside Ghana. In 1961, he ventured into the military after his ‘0’ Levels and entered the Ghana Military Academy.In the same year, that is October, 1961, officer cadet Kpeto was selected to do a two year course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in the U.K. Some of his Ghanaian colleagues and mates in Sandhurst were; the late Major Kwaku Frimpong (Atom Man), Col Alex Antwi (Rtd), Col Kwaku Andoh (Rtd) the late Lt Col Sam Baryeh, Lt Col Gagakuma (Rtd), and Lt Col David Tsikata (Rtd). On his return, General Kpeto began his professional military career from Michel Camp in Tema where 4Bn was stationed.
General Kpeto recounts that he never regretted his posting to 4 Bn since he felt so much at home in the company of Col Dan Prah (Rtd), who was his Company Commander. There were also, the late Major General Odartey Wellington who was then the Battalion Second in Command and Lt Col Alex Ayeh (Rtd) then a Captain and his Senior at Achimota School. Mess life, he recalls, was vibrant and exciting. General Kpeto went through almost all the Battalion Junior Officers’ appointment beginning as a Platoon Commander, Adjutant, Battalion Intelligence Officer (10) and Regimental Signal Officer (RSO).
In 1969, the General was posted to the Military Intelligence (MI) from where he went to do a further course in Intelligence gathering, overseas. On his return, he was posted to the Ministry of Defence as a Staff Officer. In 1976 he went back to the U.S.A. to Fort Leavenworth for his Senior Staff course and returned to be appointed a Deputy General, Staff Officer, (Training ). In 1978 the General was posted to command the 2nd Battalion of Infantry in Takoradi and took the Battalion to the Middle East to serve under the auspices pf the United Nations, (UNEF). After a brief course in Pakistan, General Kpeto found himself back at the Training Department as the Director General of Training, at the Ministry of Defence after which he spent four (4) years at the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College as a Directing Staff (Ds).
He became Commandant, MATS and also a Directing Staff at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. Between 1993-94 General Kpeto went back to the Middle East, this time as a Deputy Commander of the United Nations Interim Forces (UNIFIL) in South Lebanoon. From 1996-98 he chaired the Armed Forces Reorganization Board. He was subsequently appointed again to chair the Board which is an audit report of the then Veterans Association of Ghana. General Kpeto and his Board came up with the name Veterans Administration, Ghana and made far reaching recommendations that culminated in the present day Veterans Administration, Ghana. He says he is unable to engage in active sports activities now but does a lot of research. He listens to music, especially gospel. He is married with 6 children.