At the Headquarters level, there are 4 major branches namely: Operations, Engineering, Supply and Administration. Each works to complement the other.
Apart from the branches, we also have the Directors of Training, Validation, Standardization and Inspection (DVSI), Air Intelligence, Air Force Peace Support Operations, and the Service Financial Comptroller, Air Force Legal Affairs and the Air Officer Logistics.
The Ghana Air Force Headquarters is the seat of the Chief of Air Staff (CAS). He exercises command and control through his Chief Staff Officer and his principal Staff Officers who supervise the various Branches and Directors.
- CAS Cell. This consists of the CAS, his PA, the CSO and the Air Secretary.
- CSO. The CSO in the rank of Air Commodore coordinates the functions and activities of all the principal staff officers. He is also the CO of the HQ Unit, and therefore responsible for its overall administration.
- Air Sec. The Air Sec, in the rank of Group Captain, is responsible to the CAS for the career planning of officers, updating of Air Staff Instructions, Flying Regulations and Orders. He also performs other duties as the CAS may direct.
The Principal Staff Officers who are all Directors, are in the rank of Group Captain, with the exception of the Service Financial Comptroller are also heads of their Staff Branches and Directorates. These are:
a. DAO. The DAO is the head of the Operations Branch which is the teeth arm of the Service. The Branch is directly concerned with operational commitments including the operation of the various aircraft to achieve the different tasks assigned to the Ghana Air Force. He is responsible to CAS for formulation of Air Branch Policy and general supervision of the Branch to ensure that Air Ops, Air Branch training and Traffic Control functions within the Air Force are effectively and efficiently carried out. He also advises the CAS on flight safety issues as well as the employment and deployment of aircraft and aircrew.
He assists the Base Commanders to perform their flying responsibilities through liaison, advice and provision of logistic support.
b. DENG. The D Eng is the head of the Engineering Branch which, as the name suggests, deals with all engineering matters including the formulation of Engineering Policy coordination and direction of engineering services and servicing of aircraft and related equipment. He directs and controls the Engineering staff. He is responsible for the overall policy, direction, planning, organization and engineering administration of all aircraft and their associated ground support equipment, armament, electronics and also mechanical transport matters.
c. D Supply. The D Supply is head of the Supply Branch which is the equipment hub of the Ghana Air Force. He procures stock and disburses all logistics ranging from spares, equipment, clothing, ration and all special to air logistics. He is the principal advisor to CAS on all matters of Supply, except matters concerning stationary, medical, barracks and work services, which are under the D Admin. He formulates Equipment Policy, procurement and control of supplies necessary for the efficient running of the Ghana Air Force. He works closely in conjunction with the Engineering and Air Branches in estimating running and maintenance costs.
d. D Admin. The D Admin is the head of the Administration Branch which deals with the general day to day administration, human resource management, organization, services, projects and numerous other administrative functions of the Air Force. He is the chief administrator of the GAF and responsible to CAS for general administration, human resource management, development project, medical, works services, barracks and maintenance works.
e. D Training. He is responsible for the direction and control of the training staff at AFHQ and advises CAS on all training matters. He is responsible to the CAS for the coordination of all training at the Branches, issuing of Air Force Training Directives and the supervision (jointly with the relevant Branches) of the Air Force Schools (i.e. S of TT, FTS and AFRTS).
f. DVSI. He is directly responsible to the CAS for the following:
- Formation of policies on standardization of operational procedures and ensuring strict compliance with such policies.
- Ensuring that such policies are explicitly defined and published in Air Force Standing Orders (AFSO), Instructions (AFIs) and Regulations (AFRs).
- Evaluating flying training, operational and auxiliary standards within other areas especially engineering and supply procedures.
- Ensuring that all flying both local and overseas and all pilots conform to the basic GAF standard of procedures already established.
- Continuous updating of all laid down flying procedures and instructions when necessary.
- Processing and follow-up on all inspection reports including Admin Inspection reports.
g. DAI. He is responsible to the CAS for the formulation of intelligence policy and ensures the security of AFHQ information. He maintains liaison with GHQ(DI) and other intelligence agencies both domestic and overseas, the gathering of air intelligence in order to provide timely advise to command. He also has responsibility for issuing diplomatic over flight and landing clearances, and provides intelligence briefing during exercises and ops.
h. DAFPSO. The directorate currently coordinates activities related to the Air Force’s role in peace support operations and conflict resolution. In conjunction with all the other branches the DAFPSO ensures that the Ghana Aviation Unit in La Cote D’Ivoire is adequately resourced and maintained to carry out its mandate in that sister country under the auspices of the UN.
i. DAFLA. The Director Air Force Legal Affairs (DAFLA) is responsible to the Chief of Air Staff for the following:
- The principal advisor to the Chief of Air Staff on all legal matters regarding the Air Force.
- Responsible for the general administration of the Directorate of Air Force Legal Affairs.
- Gives pre and post trial advice.
- Gives advice on Summary Investigations and Boards of Inquiry.
- Advises Directorates of the Air Force on legal matters affecting them.
- Gives advice on all disciplinary matters and procedures.
- Responsible for drafting of legal documents.
- Interprets Armed Force Regulations.
- Legal representation in civil court.
- Advises Units/Bases on legal matters.
- Contract negotiation and administration.
J. AOC TRG CMD. This office is established in the rank of an Air Cdre. He is responsible to the CAS for the training of all personnel in the Air Force.
K. AOL. This office is established in the rank of an Air Cdre. He is responsible to the CAS for the co-ordination of all Logistics and Engineering matters in the Air Force.