Mr Francis Poku, Minister of National Security, on Friday urged the Military to brace up for security challenges in the country in 2008.
He said national and international activities that the country would host; including the CAN 2008 and the country's general election would test the country's much-admired peaceful status and urged the military to prepare thoroughly to defend the country's positive image.
Mr Poku said these he when addressed this year's West African Soldiers Social Activity (WASSA), of the 66 Artillery Regiment in Ho.
He observed that naturally, some deviants and unpatriotic citizens would foment troubles in their communities and during major national and international activities and asked the military not to give anything to chance in maintaining the hard won reputation of the country as a peaceful one.
The Minister praised the 66 Artillery Regiment (Volta Barracks), for its role in ensuring peace in the Volta Region and urged the soldiers to maintain their professional standard.
He noted that the Regiment was well represented at the Ghana @ 50 celebrations and had helped the country to achieved international image of peace and tranquillity through its activities in the country and at peacekeeping missions.
Mr Poku commended the Regiment for promoting civil-military relationship and called on civil society to support it in its quest for peace building.
He commended wives of soldiers of the Regiment for their continued support to their husbands and appealed to them to continue with their "good work".
Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel Kotia, Commanding Officer of the Regiment, said the services provided at the Barrack's were more society oriented and urged communities to see the Military as partners in development.
Mr Kofi Dzamesi, Volta Regional Minister appreciated the efforts of the Barracks in keeping " hot spots" in the Region under control, especially the Anloga chieftaincy dispute and pledged the continued support of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council to the Barracks.
Inter-Battery Mortar stripping and assembly competitions were held and awards were presented to deserving soldiers and civilians.