The US Government on Friday honoured Brigadier-General Kwame Opong-Kyekyeku (rtd) with the Legion of Merit Award for his meritorious service as the Ghanaian Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché to the US from September 2005 to September 2009.
In a citation signed by Robert Gates, US Defence Secretary,
Brigadier-General (rtd) Oppong-Kyekyeku was praised for his
outstanding professional competence, sound judgement and diplomacy in
furthering cooperation between the United States and Ghana.
“His dedicated service resulted in Ghanaian support for several
initiatives critical to United States security objectives under the
then newly formed African Command,” the citation read.
He was also praised for his active support of the African
Contingency Operations Training Assistance Programme that had led to
improvement in Ghana’s ability to quickly respond to humanitarian
crisis and peacekeeping operations.
Mr Donald Tettlebaum, the US Ambassador to Ghana, praised
Brigadier-General Oppong Kyekyeku (rtd) for standing as a symbol of
the great relationship between Ghana and the United States.
“You have also helped foster good working relationship between
the Ghana Army and that of the United States,” Mr Tettlebaum said.
Brigadier-General Oppong-Kyekyeku, who was thrilled by the
honour, recounted some memorable occasions he had in the US and
praised the American government for the honour done him.
He dedicated the award to his family, friends and colleagues who
stood by him through thick and thin.
Brigadier-General Oppong-Kyekyeku (rtd) was commissioned into the
Ghana Army in November 1975 and retired in August 2010 having served
During his service, he attended several courses both in Ghana and
abroad. He holds a diploma in Command and Staff Functions from the US
Army Command and Staff College.
He is a fellow of the Nigerian Defence College and holds a Master
of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan,
Brigadier-General Oppong-Kyekyeku also holds a certificate in
Senior Executive in National and International Security Management
from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University,
He has several awards to his credit including the Honour Graduate
of Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College Course 12, Vice
President’s Award as the Best Allied Student-class of 2004 of the
National Defence College, Abuja, Nigeria.
He was also a recipient of the Ghana Armed Forces Long Service
and Efficiency Medal and three times United Nations Medal for
Peacekeeping in Egypt, Lebanon and Rwanda.