The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) nowadays has become the most respectable institution, due to its professional services, and the unique behaviour of its men and women in arms gives rise to this profile to note that the AFL Chief Staff is a man with vision.
Flipping through the pages of the success story of our Country, Liberia Army Chief of Staff, it was indeed the best venture to holistically bring to light for the benefit of the public the academic and professional military background of the head of Liberia’s men and women in arms.
Major General Prince Charles Johnson, III, is an infantry officer in the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) who has served his country for over fourteen years and is currently serving as Chief of Staff (COS), AFL. He was nominated by the President of the Republic of Liberia and confirmed by the Senate on February 5, 2018.
He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant after completion of the Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 2007. He has held several positions within the AFL: Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS); Commanding General / 23rd Infantry Brigade Commander; Chief of Operations, HQ AFL (ACOS J3); Deputy Assistant Chief of Operations HQ AFL (Dy ACOS J3); Chief of Logistics HQ AFL (ACOS J4); Military Assistant (MA) to the Minister of National Defense; Assistant Brigade Operations Officer, S3; 2nd Battalion Executive Officer (XO); Company Commander and Platoon Commander.
Maj/Gen Johnson III has attended several military schools, including the US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA; Infantry Mechanized Company Commander Course (MCCC) in Shijiazaugh Hebei Province, China; Junior Staff Course (JSC), Horton Military Academy, Freetown, Sierra Leone; Infantry Young Officer Course (YOC) at the Nigeria Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna, Nigeria. He has received the following awards: 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 Best Leadership Award-Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Monrovia, Liberia.
Maj/ Gen Johnson III holds a Master of Arts Degree in Peace Studies (MAPS) from the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT), University of Liberia; Post Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from the Institute for Public Administration and Management (IPAM) – University of Sierra Leone, Freetown; a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting from the United Methodist University.
In addition, he has completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education for Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard University, and both African Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) Seminars in Senior Military leadership and managing Security Resources in Africa, all in the USA. He is married with two sons.
Due to his professional services to the nation since his ascendancy as the Chief of Staff of the country’s only national Army which has overwhelmed Liberians and even our national partners, this writer agreed that indeed he is the man of a real vision.