PROFILE OF COMMANDING OFFICER
Lt Col Alexander Godwin Azera was born on 1 May 1974 at Bawku to Mr. Akologo Azera and Mrs. Mary Abanga. He had his elementary education at the Bawku District Council Primary School. He subsequently acquired his ordinary and advanced level certificates at the Navrongo Secondary School in the Upper East Region. In 2008, he graduated from the University of Ghana with a Bachelors degree in Biology.
Lt Col Azera also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from GIMPA and a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from LECIAD, University of Ghana.
Lt Col Azera enrolled into the Ghana Military Academy (GMA) on 10 October 1996 as part of Regular Career Course (RCC) intake 38. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 21 August 1998 and posted to the Signal Corps. He held the appointments of Troop Leader, Adjutant, Squadron Commander, Second in Command and temporary Commanding Officer at Signal Regiment and Chief Instructor at the Signal Training School. In 2000, he was posted to the Jungle Warfare School where he instructed until 2005 before he returned to the Signal Regiment.
Lt Col Azera has undertaken all the mandatory career courses as well as the Jungle Experts Course, United States Ranger Course, German Troop Proficiency Course (Silver Badge) and Signal Basic Course (USA). His peacekeeping experiences include operations in UNAMSIL, MONUC and UNAMID.
Lt Col Azera was appointed as the Acting Commanding Officer of Signal Training School in April 2015. He was later appointed the substantive Commanding Officer of the school on 14 Aug 16
The senior officer is married to Lt Col Evelyn Adjoa Azera. They are blessed with a boy and a girl. Lt Col Azera enjoys playing scrabble, Lawn Tennis and Swimming.
Signal training School (STS) has existed as a training institution since the formation of 1 Signal Regiment in 1961. The School, at this time was a Training Squadron (Sqn) under the Regiment and had the responsibility of providing training for all Signallers.
The training of Signallers dates back to 1941 when the Royal West African Frontier Force West African Command (RWAFF WAC) pulled together all the signal element in the West African Force (81 and 82 Divs ) to form the RWAFF WAC Corps of Signals. The Corps was stationed at Achimota Secondary School. With the establishment of the Signal Corps, it became necessary for a school to be established to train the signallers. A Command Signal Training Centre was therefore established in 1944 and located at the present Borstal nstitute/Prison Officers Training school, Mamobi. The Signal Training Centre had soldiers drawn from the British West African colonies of Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone as well as the Gold Coast, but under the British Instructors. Products of the Centre were therefore posted to any of the RWAFF Units irrespective of their country of origin.
POST WORLD WAR II
In 1946, as part of the general demobilization after World War II, some of the signal sections were disbanded. The remaining Signal Unit was designated the Gold Coast Signal Sqn which later became the Ghana Signal Sqn on attainment of independence.
In 1960/61, as part of the Army expansion programme, the Squadron was expanded into a full Regiment of an RHQ, LAD and three Sqns, namely 1, 2 and 3 Signal Sqns. 2 Squadron was responsible for providing training for all Signallers. Further reorganization in 1963 saw the establishment of two Signal Regiments – Army Signal Regt (ASR) and 1 Signal Regiment (1SR). 2 Squadron was re-designated Training Squadron to correspond to its role but as part of 1 SR.
FORCE AND GENERAL HEADQUARTERS CONCEPTS
Between 1982-89, under the Force Headquarters concept, the focus of the Armed Force Command was on training. The Training Squadron of 1 Signal Regiment was therefore expanded into a Training School with its own Commanding Officer in May 1987. The Signal Training School had since remained autonomous. In 1998, under the General Headquarters concept, Signal Training School was made part of the Military Academy and Training Schools Training Command. However, being a specialist institution, the school remains under the technical control of the Director of Communications while MATS HQ exercises operational command and administrative control over it.
Signal Training School is currently co-located with the Directorate of Communications and 1 Signal Regiment in Burma Camp
Signal Training School conducts all communication training in the Armed Forces excepts, special to service communications of the Navy and Air force. The School has a secondary responsibility to offer training assistance to civilian organisations on request;
- Train all Signal personnel in the various signal trades.
- The School also trains the Regimental Signallers.
- Conduct and evaluates trials of communication equipment.
- Develops the cores’ manpower requirement in the area of electronic warfare and telecommunication.