Minister Daniel D. Ziankahn, Jr., hails from River Cess County and was born unto the union of Mr. and Mrs. Ziankahn. He obtained his primary and secondary educations from the Bible Way Mission School (Robert’s Field High Way), Junior High School, St. Peter’s High School (Gardnersville). He obtained his High School Diploma from the AGM High School (Sinkor, Oldroad).
The Minister Has a BBA in Business Management from the A.M.E. Zion University College, Liberia and Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS) from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA.
M/G Ziankahn (Rtd) is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), where he acquired Executive Educations in Senior Managers in Government and Senior Leaders in National and International Security.
M/G Ziankahn (Rtd) was commissioned into the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in 2006. He successfully completed the following military trainings and courses:
The Initial Entry Training (IET), Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Officer Candidate School (OCS) and the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course (BNCOC) in Liberia. The Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC II), Infantry Basic Officer Course (IBOLC III) and the Airborne Course at Fort Benning GA, USA. The Armor Company Commander Course, in the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Junior Staff Course (JSC) at the Horton Academy, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
He has certificates in Public Sector Management (PSM) from the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), University of Sierra Leone, Senior Staff Course (Intermediate Level Education, ILE) Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Advance Training on Security Sector Reform from the Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA), Rwanda.
The General has attended the following seminars and conferences:
The African Land Forces Summits, Kampala, Uganda and Arusha, Tanzania; The African Endeavour on Strategic Communications, Duala, Cameroon; The Role of the Military in the 21st Century, Leavenworth, Kansas, USA; Humanitarian Disaster Response, Abuja, Nigeria and ECOWAS Chiefs of Defense Staff Conferences (Abuja, Bissau, Dakar, Lome, Accra, Niamey, Monrovia, Abidjan, Bamako, etc.).
Minister Ziankahn has had the following appointments and positions:
Platoon Leader, Alpha Company, 1st Bn, 23rd Infantry Brigade; Executive Officer(XO), Alpha Company, 23rd Infantry Brigade; Company Commander, 1st Bn, 23rd Infantry Brigade; Executive Officer (XO), 23rd Infantry Brigade; Brigade Commander, 23rd Infantry Brigade; Military Assistant (MA) to the Minister of National Defense, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (ACOS J-3); The Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of Liberia and Chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Defense Staff, ECOWAS.
M/G Ziankahn (Rtd) has in his honor several achievements few of which include:
The Leadership Award, Officer Candidate School, First in the Order of Merit (Lieutenant-Captain Promex), the Distinguished Service Medal (Michigan National Guard), the Order of Saint Maurice Award in the rank of Peregrinus, Honorary Citizen, Leavenworth City, Kansas USA.
General Ziankahn (Rtd) was appointed the Minister of National Defense on 22 January 2018.