New Defense Minister, Retired Major/General Prince C. Johnson III Confirmed – A Profile
The Liberian Senate during the week confirmed Retired Major/General Prince Charles Johnson, III as Liberia’s new the defense minister.
The new Defense Minister prior to his new portfolio led the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as its Chief of Staff for six years exceptional performed well to ship the professional services of the nation’s army.
It is worth noting that he is the second Chief of Staff to occupy the Defense Minister post in recent years after former Chief of Staff and Defense Minister Daniel D. Ziankahn, Jr.
Retired Major General Prince C. Johnson III was born 12 July 1976 served as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces from February 5, 2018 to February 5, 2024.
He hailed from a Mano family. Johnson’s father, Lt. Gen. Prince C. Johnson II had served as Chief of Staff of the EMG Division of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia during the Civil War and as Commanding General of the AFL during the presidency of Charles Taylor.
Johnson obtained a bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the United Methodist University in 2004.He received a postgraduate certificate from the University of Sierra Leone in public sector management in 2010, and graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College in 2012. Johnson also completed officer courses in Sierra Leone, China, and Nigeria.
Johnson completed the Officer Candidate School in 2007, after which he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant. In the AFL he subsequently served as a number of positions, including Chief of Operations at the AFL HQ. He served as Military Assistant (MA) to the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai Jr.
On February 11, 2014 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf promoted Johnson as Brigade Commander of the 23rd Infantry Brigade, becoming the first Liberian to hold the post of Brigade Commander in the AFL following the end of the Liberian Civil War. As Brigade Commander, Johnson was third in command of the AFL
On December 9, 2016 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf promoted Johnson to Deputy Chief of Staff of the AFL with the rank of Brigadier General, following the death of the incumbent Deputy Chief of Staff Colonel Eric Dennis.
In 2018, President George Weah appointed Johnson as the new Chief of Staff of the AFL, with the promotion to the rank of Major General. The Senate of Liberia confirmed Johnson as new Chief of Staff on February 6, 2018.
The new Defense Minister during his reign at the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) was honorably inducted into the Hall of Fame and Master in Peace Study outside Liberia.