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Honorable Daniel Dee Ziankahn, Jr., is the thirty-sixth Minister of National Defense. He is one of Liberia’s most decorated retired senior military leaders. He brings both theoretical and practical knowledge to the table in managing the defense sector of Liberia. He holds several distinctions and is a practical, but rare leader that Liberia’s defense architecture needs at this time.
Minister Ziankahn holds a Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS) from the U.S Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. Honorable Ziankahn acquired executive education from the HARVARD Kennedy School by attended the Senior Managers in Government and Senior Leaders in National and International Security courses. Besides, Minister Ziankahn got a bachelor degree– BBA in Business Management– from the A.M.E Zion University College, Liberia.
After completing the Initial Entry Training (IET) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in Liberia, he was commissioned into the Armed Forces of Liberia in 2006. He then furthered his military knowledge by attending the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course (BNCOC) and Officers Candidate School (OCS) in Liberia. The retired General, Minister Ziankahn, had his Basic Officer Leader Course II (BOLC II) and Infantry Basic Officer Course (IBOLC III) at Fort Benning, GA, United States of America. Also, Honorable Ziankahn had his Basic Airborne Course in Fort Benning, GA, United States of America. Progressively, this astute retired military leader attended the Armor Company Commander Course in the Arab Republic of Egypt and Junior Staff Course (JSC) at the Horton Academy in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The retired General earned certificate in Public Sector Management (PSM), Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), University of Sierra Leone. He attended the Senior Staff Course ( Intermediate Level Education-ILE), Fort Leavenworth, KS, United States; and Advanced Training on Security Sector Reform, Rwanda Peace Academy(RPA), Rwanda.
Major General Ziankahn attended the following seminars and conferences: African Land Forces Summits (Kampala, Uganda and Arusha, Tanzania); African Endeavor on Communications, Duala, Cameroon; The Role of the African Military in the 21st Century, Kansas, USA; Humanitarian Disaster Responds, Abuja, Nigeria, ECOWAS Chiefs of Defense Staff conferences (Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau and Stuttgart Germany, Tanzania, Senegal, Malawi, Liberia); Laws of War and Arms Conflict, Monrovia, Liberia.
Major General Ziankahn has had the following appointment: Platoon Leader: Alpha Company, 1
st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Brigade; Executive Officer: Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Brigade; Company Commander: Alpha Company, 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry Brigade; Military Assistant to the Minister of National Defense; Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS-J3) for Operations; Executive Officer, 23rd Infantry Brigade; Brigade Commander, 23rd Infantry Brigade; Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of Liberia; and Chairman, Committee of Chiefs of Defense for ECOWAS.
He has in his honor several achievement few of which include: Leadership Award– Officers Candidate School(OCS); First in the Order of Merit– Lieutenant to Captain Promotion Exam; Runner-up- for the coveted Barrier-Brookes Award for the best Master’s Thesis; Honorary Citizen Leavenworth City, Kansas, United States of America, Distinguished Medal of Honor: The City of Duala, Cameroon; The Order of Saint Maurice award in the rank of Peregrinus, The National Infantry Association(NIA) Columbus, Georgia USA; and Distinguished Service Medal (Recipient), Michigan, USA.
Honorable Ziankahn leisure pursuit are reading, playing soccer and table tennis, listening to music, playing Scrabble and cracking jokes with friends.