Air Commodore Godfried Sackey Parker

Air Commodore Godfried Sackey Parker was born at Prampram, a suburb of the Greater Accra Region on 13 January 1967. He enlisted into the Ghana Air Force on 24 January 1991 as part of Regular Career Course intake 32 and was subsequently commissioned as a pilot on 26 October 1992. He attended the Datus Preparatory School for his basic education and the Accra Academy School for his General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level from 1982 to 1989.

Air Cdre Parker had his initial flying training course at the Sierra Academy of Aeronautics, United States of America from June 1993 to April 1994. He has also attended several courses, notable among them include, the Air Field Operations Officers’ Course at the Kessler Air Force Base, Mississippi, in the United States of America, the prestigious Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College for his Junior and Senior Division Courses, the Ground and Simulator Training Course on Fokker F27, CAE, Flight Crew Training BV, in Maastricht, Holland and the Squadron Officers’ Course at the Maxwell Air Force Base, United States of America.

Other courses also include, the United Nations Military Observer Course at the Sir Seretse Khama Barracks, Gaborone, Botswana, the Next Generation of African Security Leaders Course, Washington DC, United States of America and the Business Planning Course in Nairobi, Kenya.

Air Cdre Parker has held several appointments; Pilot, Flight Training School, Air Force Station in Takoradi, Number One Squadron Pilot at the Air Force Bases in Takoradi and Accra. He also served as an Instructor at the Ghana Military Academy and Training Schools in Teshie, and the Communications Squadron Pilot at the Air Force Base, Accra. He was also a Flight Commander, the Officer Commanding the Communications Squadron and subsequently the Officer Commanding Flying Wing all at the Air Force Base, Accra.

Air Cdre Parker was also the Assistant Director Air Operations at the Air Force Headquarters from October 2014 to August 2015.

On the peacekeeping front, he served as a Military Observer with the United Nations Organisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Staff Officer with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic. He was also privileged to be Seconded to the African Union, Addis Ababa where he served as the Military Aviation Officer from January 2020 to August 2022.

Air Cdre GS Parker is currently the Base Commander, Air Force Base, Takoradi from August 2022 till date. He is married with children and enjoys watching football and movies.