The Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, over the weekend named a new Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS), thus filling the gap created in the army due to the recent passing of the then DCOS Colonel Eric Dennis.
President Sirleaf named Lt. Colonel Prince Charles Johnson III as DOS, and promoted to Brigadier General, while Lt. Colonel Davidson Forley was named AFL Training Commandant, and promoted to full Colonel.
In her 2014 Annual Address to the Legislature, C-I-C Sirleaf commissioned Col. Johnson as Commander of the 23rd Infantry Brigade with headquarters at the Edward Beyan Kesselly Barracks near Camp Schiefflin, along the ELWA/Robertsfied highway.
During that address, President Sirleaf also named Colonel Daniel Dee Ziankahn Jr. (now Brig/Gen) as the ALF Chief of Staff (COS), Colonel Eric Wamu Dennis (now deceased) was nominated AFL Deputy COS, and Prince Charles Johnson III as Brigade Commander, making him a Lieutenant.
The three soldiers were at the helm of the AFL as the first Liberian officers in charge in the post-war era. Unfortunately, Col. Dennis died this year following a period of illness. He was 48.
Brig/General P.C. Johnson III is an infantry officer in the new AFL, where he had previously served for nine years since enlisting in September 2007.
Johnson was born on July 12, 1976, in Monrovia, Montserrado County. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant upon completion of the Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 2007.
Since his commissioning ceremony, he has held several positions within the AFL including Chief of Operations, Headquarters of the AFL; deputy Chief of Operations; Chief of Logistics; and Military Assistant (MA) to the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai Jr. He was also Assistant Brigade
Operations Officer (S3), 2nd Battalion Executive Officer; Company Commander; and a Platoon Commander.
Johnson holds a post graduate certificate in public sector management from the Institute for Public Administration and Management (IPAM, 2010) from the University of Sierra Leone, Freetown; a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting from the United Methodist University (UMU, 2004) in Monrovia, Liberia.
Since then, he has attended several military courses/trainings including the United States (US) Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA-2011/12; the Infantry Mechanized Company Commander Course (MCCC) in Shijiazaugh, Hebei Province, China-2010; the Junior
Staff Course (JSC) at Horton Military Academy, Freetown, Sierra Leone-2010; and the Infantry Young Officer Course at the Nigeria Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna, Nigeria 2008.
Additionally, Brig/Gen. Johnson attended several seminars, including the United States African Center for Strategic Studies Managing Security Resources in Africa Certificate, Washington DC, USA, held from November 3-10, 2012; and Senior Military Leadership Seminar Certificate in Washington DC, USA, from June 16-29, 2012.
Johnson has received several awards, some of which include the First Place Award Junior Staff Course (JSC) IMATT, Freetown, Sierra Leone; Best International Student Award-YOC, Jaji, Kaduna, Nigeria; Distinguished Graduate Award-OCS, Monrovia, Liberia; and the Best Leadership Award-Advance
Individual Training (AIT), Monrovia, Liberia.
Deputy COS Brig. Gen. Johnson III is happily married to Catarina Fabiansson, a union that is now blessed with their sons Charlie and Leo.
Johnson’s hobbies include playing soccer, traveling, and eating exotic foods at foreign restaurants.
As reported by C.Y. Kwanue for the Daily Observer