Defense Honors Six for ‘Distinguished Service’

first_imgThe Ministry of National Defense on Thursday conferred six personalities with the honor of Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for their respective humanitarian efforts in the rebuilding of Liberia.Those awarded the DSO at the 59th celebration of the Armed Forces Day included retired Colonel Chie Gaye, described as a “dedicated military officer” of the AFL, who served the country for 50 years from 1955 up to his retirement in 2005; former Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Chigozie Obi-Nnadozie, who President Sirleaf called an astute diplomat, a career public servant and Nigeria’s first female ambassador accredited to Liberia. Her services to Liberia and her leadership engagement with the Ministry of National Defense reaffirmed efforts of peace building and promoted Liberia’s tangible reengagement in security sector reforms, said the citation. Also honored was the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marjon Kamara, who previously served as Ambassador to Cuba and Liberia’s permanent representative to the United Nations. Her outstanding leadership at Liberia’s Mission in New York created the basis for international collaboration in support of the government’s effort in the security reform, national reconciliation, border control and other areas crucial to ensuring lasting peace said her citation. Others on whom the DSO was conferred were Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel O. Nyante, described as a professional, disciplined and decorated military officer of the Ghana Armed Forces, a recipient of several United Nations medals, whose outstanding support to AFL is in keeping with the finest tradition and military services; Lieutenant Colonel Micheal Opoku, an experienced, professional and dedicated military officer of the Ghana Armed Forces, a recipient of the Ghana Golden Jubilee Medal; and Lieutenant/General William Ward (Retired), a professional decorated military personnel of United States Military and a recipient of over 27 military honors and awards. On behalf of her colleagues, Ambassador Obi-Nnadozie expressed gratitude to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Ministry of National Defense for the awards.“Madam President, we are happy for this recognition and will not abuse the faith that you and the good people of Liberia have reposed in us. We will continue to be champions for Liberia wherever fate takes us,” she assured Liberians.The Nigerian diplomat shared the historical highlight of the AFL’s “peaceful journey” that started with the signing of the 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Accra, Ghana, which brought lasting peace to Liberia and from that day to date, the AFL, she said, has grown in leaps and bounds to the extent that the sky is its limit in the quest for the respectable status as “a force for good.” “I should hasten to remind you through your amiable Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Daniel Ziankahn, that this celebration marks another step in your growth to adulthood and independence particularly in the light of the scheduled drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). We have faith in your capability to fill the gap that would be left by UNMIL and wish you success as you take on the challenge,” she told the AFL.Ambassador Nnadozie cautioned Liberians to sustain and safeguard the hard earned peace the country enjoys today, and charged everyone to pursue national reconciliation in all their endeavors so that an atmosphere of peace and harmony, which would promote investments and economic recovery, can be built for all to enjoy. “I urge you to continue with the post conflict reconciliation and reconstruction effort which the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been spearheading,” said Ambassador Nnadozie.President Sirleaf, thanked the honorees for their services rendered to the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 6 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images) TEMPE, Ariz. — Even before the sixth round of the NFL Draft, it became evident the emphasis for the Arizona Cardinals is in the air.No surprises there with first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury bringing his version of the Air Raid offense to Arizona.The Cardinals raided a third wide receiver from the 2019 class on Saturday with the 174th pick, selecting Fresno State’s KeeSean Johnson to begin the sixth round.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories “The one thing that jumped out at me about this young man as I watched the tape, he’s one of the better natural route-runners I saw in this draft process,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said. “I’m talking about a guy who can drop his weight, who’s really good getting in and out of routes, is extremely smooth. His positional versatility and his playmaking ability jumped off the tape for us.”Johnson joins second-round pick Andy Isabella and fourth-round selection Hakeem Butler as rookie receivers taken by the Cardinals this year.“I bring anything they need to the offense, anything,” Johnson said. “They want me to play inside, outside, I’ll learn the offense in and out.”Related LinksEarp and Holliday draft for Cards from O.K. Corral in TombstoneCardinals take Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler in 4th round of draftCardinals take ‘Bama S Deionte Thompson, who downplays knee issueCardinals go all-in on new-wave NFL on Day 2 of DraftWas the Cardinals’ Josh Rosen trade to Dolphins about value or belief?A 1,000-yard producer in each of his junior and senior seasons, Johnson finished 2018 with 1,340 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.At 6-foot-1 and 191 pounds, he joins a receiver room where competition will rule this upcoming training camp.Christian Kirk returns for his second NFL season, as does Larry Fitzgerald for his 16th. The rookies will presumably compete with receivers Chad Williams, Trent Sherfield, Kevin White, Pharoh Cooper, Damiere Byrd, Malachi Dupre, Jalen Tolliver and Bryant Mitchell. “We got a lot of great weapons,” Johnson said. “We’re going to come in and compete every day and compete as a team.”About that nameJohnson has met former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson, but his first name isn’t meant as an exact iteration.KeeSean’s father is named Sean, and he wanted his son’s name to include his own.Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 20192019 NFL DraftRound 1#TeamPlayerPos1K. MurrayQB2N. BosaDE3Q. WilliamsDT4C. FerrellDE5D. WhiteLB6D. JonesQB7J. AllenDE8T.J. HockensonTE9E. OliverDT10D. BushLB11J. WilliamsG12R. GaryDE13C. WilkinsDT14C. LindstromG15D. HaskinsQB16B. BurnsDE17D. LawrenceDT18G. BradburyC19J. SimmonsDT20N. FantTE21D. Savage, Jr.S22A. DillardT23T. HowardT24J. JacobsRB25M. BrownWR26M. SweatDE27J. AbramS28J. TilleryDT29L.J. CollierDE30D. BakerCB31K. McGaryT32N. HarryWR © STATS – 2019last_img read more