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1 Infantry Battalion


Lt Col Dominic Ampomah was born on 15 July several years ago. He hails from Akim Osorase in the Eastern Region. He attended primary school at Akim Osorase Roman Catholic Primary and completed Junior Secondary School at Christian Preparatory School in Kumasi. In 1993, he proceeded to Opoku Ware Secondary School in Kumasi where he obtained his Senior Secondary Certificate. Between 1996 and 1999, he was enrolled in Wesley Training College where he obtained a Post-Secondary Certificate ‘A’.

He enlisted into the Ghana Military Academy in October 2000 and commissioned as part of Regular Career Course Intake 42 in August 2002 into the Infantry Corps precisely 6 Infantry Battalion.

Lt Col Ampomah has completed all mandatory career courses commensurate to his rank. The combat courses completed include the Young Officers Course, Combat Team Commanders Course and Battalion Commanders Course all at the Army Combat Training School, Teshie. For his staff courses, he has completed the Junior and Senior Command and Staff Courses at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Teshie, Accra. He has also completed courses in Defence Management, Exclusive Economic Zone Management and Operation and the Conflict Crisis Management.

Lt Col Dominic Ampomah is an experienced and ardent Peacekeeper having served with ECOMICI, MONUC, MONUSCO, UNMIL, UNIFIL and UNMISS. He has also held several appointments in his career which include Platoon Commander, Adjutant, Intelligence Officer and Officer Commanding all at 6 Infantry Battalion, Tamale from 2002 to 2013. He has also served in various capacities such as Pl Comd with ECOMICI Ghancoy II and MONUC GH 9, Officer Commanding MONUSCO GH 3, Officer Commanding UNMIL GH 17, Instructor at the Army Combat Training School, Administrative Officer at Army HQ, Staff Officer at the General Headquarters (Military Secretary), Military Observer and Staff Officer with MONUSCO and Deputy Chief Operations Officer, Headquarters Central Command. Before his appointment as Commanding Officer, UNMISS GHANBATT 11 in February 2023, Lt Col D Ampomah was Commanding Officer of 1 Infantry Battalion. He has been awarded with 50th anniversary as well as long service and efficiency medals for his outstanding service.

Lt Col Dominic Ampomah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration (Human Resource option) from the Central University with first class honours. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Defence and International Politics from the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

Lt Col Dominic Ampomah is happily married to Mrs Emelia Ampomah with children. His hobbies include farming, playing volleyball and football, and is a die-hard supporter of Chelsea football club.

Brief History of 1 Infantry Battalion

The 1st Battalion Of Infantry Was The First Battalion To Be Established In The History Of Ghana Armed Forces. This History However Dates Back To The Colonial Period. By 1900, Military Units Were Raised In The British West African Colonies For The West African Frontier Force (WAFF). The 1st Battalion Gold Coast Regiment (GCR) Which Takes Its Roots From The Gold Coast Constabulary (GCC) Was Established On 1 Jan 1901 And Was Part Of WAFF. The 1st Battalion (GCR) Was Then Headquartered In Kumasi With Detachments Scattered In The Southern Part Of The Then Gold Coast. By 1907, 1st Battalion GCR Was Organized Into Eight Companies With A Battery Of Light Guns.

The First Battalion (GCR) As The Main Component Of The Force Saw Action During The First World War In The Cameroons And In The East African Campaigns. It Is On Records That The Gold Coast Regiment Had The Distinction Of Being The First Allied Unit To Capture The German Territory Of The Togoland. On The Outbreak Of The 2nd World War, The 2nd And 3rd Battalions Were Formed And Added To The 1st Battalion To Form The 2nd West African Brigade Of The 82 West African Division. On Return From Burma In 1946, The 2nd West African Brigade Was Disbanded And 1st Battalion Which Was Then Reconstituted, Moved To Tamale. In March 1957, The 1st Battalion GCR Was Re-Designated 1st Battalion Ghana Regiment. In March 1958, 1st Battalion Was Again Moved From Tamale To Kumasi And The Following Year 1959, The Unit Was Once Again Moved To Takoradi (Ranchi Barracks). Even In Takoradi, The Unit Moved From Ranchi Barracks To Myohaung Barracks In 1963. The Final Move Of The Unit Up Till This Date Was The Move From Myohaung Barracks To The Unit Present Location In Michel Camp. This Was In 1968. The 1st Battalion Participated In The First And Second World Wars, And Distinguished Itself.


The Unit From Its Inception Had Gone Through Series Of Organization And Re-Organizations. However, The Basic Structure Has Always Been Maintained. There Were Times The Number Of Companies In The Unit Was Up To Eight. Currently, The Basic Structure Of Battalion Headquarters And Five (5) Companies Is Still Maintained. Presently, The Unit Has Five Companies (Namely Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Support And Headquarters) Under The Battalion Headquarters. The Alpha, Bravo And Charlie Companies Are The Manoeuvre Companies (I.E. The Front Line Troops), With The Support Company Providing Support Through The Mortar Platoon, Machine Gun Platoon, Anti Tank And The Assault Pioneer Platoon. The Headquarters Company Is The Logistic Provider To The Rest Of The Companies And Controls The Transport, Communication, Quartermaster Platoons. The Medical Platoon Is Under The Battalion Headquarters And Defence Platoon.


Every Unit In The Ghana Armed Forces Has Its Own Area Of Responsibility (AOR). Currently 1st Battalion Area Is The Eastern Region.
The unit duties include:

  • Assisting The Civil Authority To Restore And Maintain Law
  • Humanitarian Assistance During Disasters
  • Security For The Armed Forces Base Ammunition Depot (BAD).
  • Provide Security For Vital Installations Within Its AOR.
  • Participation In Peacekeeping/Peace Enforcement Duties Both Internal And External.




  • One Battalion - The Best
  • One Battalion - Ready And Willing
  • One Battalion - Sure To Deliver


“The Unit Logo is a dragon with a soldier with a spear killing the dragon. The grip on the dragon by a soldier on the unit badge indicates the strength of the Unit and its capability to destroy any enemy. Attached as Annexes A and B are the list of past Commanding Officers, RSMs and Magajias of the Unit.”