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3 Infantry Battalion


Lieutenant Colonel Eric Tenadu was born on 25 March 1980 in Accra but hails from Akim Abomosu in the Eastern Region. He was enlisted on 5 October 2000 and commissioned into the Ghana Army on 16 August 2002 as a second Lieutenant, posted to 1 Infantry Battalion in Tema and appointed a Platoon Commander. Before his career courses, Eric attended Military Law Course at Burma Camp-Accra where he obtained a “B” grading. He later commenced his career courses starting with Young Officers Course at Army Combat Training School Teshie Camp- Accra where he obtained C+ grading and placed third on the course. He also attended Counter Terrorism Course at Jungle Warfare School in Ghana and was awarded a certificate. He continued with Junior Command and Staff Course at Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College Teshie Camp- Accra where he obtained C+ grading. Eric’s performance warranted the continuity of his training as he proceeded to Combat Team Commanders Course at Army Combat Training School Teshie Camp- Accra where he obtained “B” grading and came first on the course. He later attended Senior Command and Staff Course at Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College Teshie Camp- Accra where he obtained B+ grading in Command and C+ grading in Staff and placed 5th on the course. Eric also attended some foreign courses. The first is International Officers Tactical Intelligence Course at United States Army Intelligence School of Excellence, Fort Huachuca, Arizona in USA and was awarded a diploma. The second foreign course was Battalion Support Weapons Course at Mhow in India and was given the best student award.

Eric Tenadu has held several appointments both in Ghana and with United Nations missions. In Ghana he was appointed a Platoon Commander, Intelligence Officer, Adjutant and Officer Commanding all at 1 Infantry Battalion. He was later posted to Ghana Military Academy as an instructor and was later appointed Staff Captain. After 3 years service at Ghana Military Academy, he was posted to Army Combat Training School as an instructor and later Assistant General Staff Officer Grade I Army Combat Training School. He was posted back there after Senior Command and Staff Course as a Directing Staff. He was also the Course Commander for Combat Team Commanders’ Course 1 of 2016 at the Jungle Warfare School, Achiase. Eric was later posted to Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre as a General Staff Officer Grade II. After a short while at Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, He was posted to 3 Infantry Battalion, Sunyani and appointed Second in Command. He was also appointed Deputy Commanding Officer for MONUSCO GH15 but he could not travel with the unit when his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel came a week to embarkation. He was then posted to General Headquarters Logistics as Deputy Director Operations and Plans. He was appointed Chief Operations Officer for Operation Vanguard for 6 months and posted to Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (Snr Div) as a Directing Staff. Eric was later appointed Military Assistant to the Defence Minister on 22 November 2019. He served at the Ministry of Defence for about 3 years and was appointed Commander Rear 3 Infantry Battalion on 2 September 2022. Eric was confirmed as the Commanding Officer, 3 Infantry Battalion on 31 July 2023, an appointment he is currently holding.

While chasing knowledge in the Military, Eric was also improving himself civil wise. Eric Tenadu holds BSc Admin (HRM) from University of Ghana Business School-Legon, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Admin from GIMPA, Post Graduate Executive Certificate in Strategic Management & Corporate Leadership and Post Graduate Executive Certificate in Banking Operation from Graduate Training Institute Legon. Others include Post Graduate Executive Certificate in African Leadership, Post Graduate Executive Certificate in Management and Administration from Graduate School of Governance and Leadership. He also holds Mini Master of Business Administration in management from Graduate School of Governance and Leadership. Eric also holds Master of Science in Defence and International Politics from GIMPA and Master of philosophy in HRM from University of Ghana Business School, Legon. He is also a member of Chartered Institute of Human Resourse Management Ghana, in good standing.

Lt Col Eric Tenadu has served with various United Nations Missions around the World. His first Mission was with UNIFIL in Lebanon as a Pl Comd. The next was with UNMIL in Liberia as a Pl Comd. Then UNAMSIL in Sierra-Leone also as a Pl Comd. Eric later served with MONUC in DRC as Adjutant/Personnel Officer. He continued with UNMIL in Liberia and this time as Officer Commanding. He also served with UNOCI in Cote d’Ivoire as Military Intelligence Officer and with UNAMID in Sudan as a Staff Officer.

He is married to Matilda Adomah with two kids; Richmond and Erica. His hobbies include Reading, Listening to Music and watching Movies.

Brief History of 3 Infantry Battalion

The Elements That Formed The Third Infantry Battalion Were Raised At Akwatia In Mid August 1939. The Nucleus Of The Battalion Was Composed Of Cadres From The 2nd Battalion Of The Gold Coast Regiments (Now 2nd Infantry Battalion). Majority Of The Troops Were Nevertheless Called From The Nearby Diamond Mines. Most Of The Elements That Formed The Nucleus Of The Battalion Thus 2nd Battalion Of The Gold Coast Regiment, Took Part In The Following Campaigns:

  • Ashanti - 1873 – 1874
  • Ashanti - 1900
  • Duala & Camerouns - 1914 - 1916
  • Narugumbe, Kamina & East Africa - 1916 – 1918


In October 1939 The Battalion Subsequently Moved To Winneba For Concentration And Training In Preparation For Move To East Africa. In East Africa The Battalion Formed Part Of The 2nd Gold Coast Brigade Which Counteracted The Intransigence Of The Italians For A Little Over Fourteen Months. In The Process The Battalion Took Part In Other Campaigns Including The Assaults Of Abbysinia And Uaddara. The Battalion Then Returned To The Gold Coast (Now Ghana) In November 1941 And Was Stationed At Abasi Near Ejisu And Subsequently Moved To Tamale The Following Year. The Battalion Was Part Of The Force That Opposed The Vichy French In The Frontiers Of The Gambia Still As Part Of 2nd Gold Coast Brigade. After A Successful Campaign In The Gambia, The Battalion Returned Once More To The Gold Coast In March 1943 And Was Stationed At Kintampo In The Brong Ahafo Region (The Base Is Where Kintampo Health Post Is Now Located).

In 1943 The Battalion Again Moved To Nigeria To Prepare For The Burma Campaign. In April 1944, The Battalion Was On The Move Again To India As Part Of The 82nd West Africa Division In The Campaign Against The Japanese In Burma Between October 1944 And The Latter Part Of 1945. On Return Of The Battalion From The Second World War, It Was Immediately Disbanded In July 1945 To Be Reformed In Kumasi In June 1949. Since 1949 The Battalion Had Moved Round All The Stations (Now Garrisons) In Ghana. The Battalion Served With The UN Peace-Keeping Force In The Congo Leopoldville During The Crisis In That Country In 1960. After This Operation The Battalion Was Once Again Disbanded In 1961. Again The Battalion Was Formed In Tamale On 1st October 1962 With Lt Col JTD Addy As The CO. After The Overthrow Of The Nkrumah Regime In 1966, The Unit Moved To The Liberation Barracks In Sunyani And Has Remained In This Barracks Ever Since.


The Wearing Of Muffler In The Unit Was Initiated In 1968 At The End Of A 130 Km Walk For Which Soldiers Who Completed The Course Were Given Certificate And The Yellow Mufflers As A Morale Booster Under The Leadership Of Lt Col Twum-Barimah The Then CO. By That Presentation The Unit Became The First To Wear Muffler In 2 Bde Group. The Unit Adopted The Scorpion As Its Logo After Its Tour Of Duty In Liberia As ECOMOG GH2 Under The Command Of Lt Col JB Danquah. The Liberia Operation Saw The Unit Engaged In Serious Combat With Rebels In The Countryside As Well As In Built-Up Areas. The Crest Was Designed In Lebanon And Approval Was Given By Then Army Commander, For The Unit To Adopt.


Apart From United Nations Operations In The Congo, The Battalion Has Undertaken A Number Of Peace-Keeping Operations. These Include:

  • United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) Ghanbatt 3 With HQ At Camp El Fanara And The CO As Lt Col WA Thompson.
  • United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) Ghanbatt 10 In The Sinai With HQ At Mitla Camp And The CO As Lt Col Seidu Ayumah.
  • United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) Ghanbatt 29 With HQ At Marakah Under Command Of Lt Col TE Nguah – 1987/88.
  • ECOMOG GH2 With HQ At Baptist Seminary – 1990/91.
  • UNIFIL Ghanbatt 36 With HQ At Marakah – Both Commanded By Lt Col JB Danquah.
  • United Nations Assistance Mission For Rwanda (UNAMIR) Ghanbatt 1 With HQ At Byumba And Later Gikongoro.
  • ECOMOG Ghanbatt 11 With HQ At Buchanan Both Commanded By Lt Col JN Adinkrah.
  • UNIFIL Ghanbatt 49 With HQ At Al Qaranis Commanded By Lt Col M Owusu-Ababio.
  • UNAMSIL Ghanbatt 5 With HQ At Kenema Commanded By Lt Col RK Opoku-Adusei.
  • UNIFIL Ghanbatt 60 With HQ At Tibnin Commanded By Lt Col A Abu.
  • MONUC Ghanbatt 11 With HQ At Kinshasa Commanded By Lt Col MA Amoah, The Present CO.

In Recognition Of The Spectacular Performance Of Ghanbatt 1, UNAMIR During The Rwandan Civil War, 9 Feb To 30 Nov 94, Maj Gen HK Anyidoho Who Was The Deputy Force Commander UNAMIR And Later Comd 2 Inf Bde Gp Undertook To Personally Finance The Construction Of A Peace-Keeping Monument At Liberation Barracks. The Monument Was Unveiled On 8 Apr 97.


The Following Officers Commanded The Unit:

  • Lt Col JTD Addy - 1 Oct 62 – 23 Mar 66.
  • Lt Col IA Ashietey - 23 Mar 66 – 6 Feb 67.
  • Lt Col HD Twum-Barimah - 6 Feb 67 – 12 Aug 69.
  • Lt Col CR Tachie Mensah - 23 Dec 69 - 2 Aug 70.
  • Lt Col CD Benni - 3 Aug 70 - 20 Jan 72.
  • Lt Col Osei Boateng - 20 Jan 72 - 26 Jan 73.
  • Lt Col WA Thompson - 26 Jan 73 - 13 Oct 75.
  • Lt Col ANT Tehn Addy - 15 Oct 75 - 29 Nov 76.
  • Lt Col Seidu Ayumah - 29 Nov 76 - 22 Aug 77.
  • Lt Col DSK Amengor - 24 Mar 80 - 29 Sep 81.
  • Lt Col BK Akafia - 22 Feb 82 - 29 Sep 83.
  • Lt Col LA Ankrah - 30 Sep 83 - 2 Dec 85.
  • Lt Col TE Nguah - 11 Sep 86 - 18 Feb 90.
  • Lt Col JB Danquah - 19 Feb 90 - 2 Feb 93.
  • Lt Col JN Adinkrah - 2 Feb 93 - 10 Apr 97.
  • Lt Col M Owusu-Ababio - 10 Apr 97 - 19 Jan 01.
  • Lt Col RK Opoku-Adusei - 19 Jan 01 - 20 Oct 03.
  • Lt Col A Abu - 20 Oct 03 - 30 Sep 06.
  • Lt Col M Amoah Ayisi - 30 Sep 06 -


The Following Were The Previous RSMs

  • WOI Yendu Damaslake - 1962 - 1966.
  • WOI Bassiru Akomori - 1966 - 1973.
  • WOI Abu Sadiq - 1973 - 16 Jul 79.
  • WOI Samuel Siaw - 5 Dec 79 - 1 Feb 82.
  • WOI Seth Ansah - 5 Feb 82 - 4 Sep 83.
  • WOI Peter Ansante - 5 Sep 83 - 24 Oct 88.
  • WOI John Baba - 25 Oct 88 - 31 Aug 94.
  • WOI Chekorah Mohammed - 1 Sep 94 - 17 Oct 02.
  • WOI Kanton Lure - 10 Apr 03