The second Platoon-size of soldiers from the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), commanded by Captain Ernest Appleton, an infantry soldier from the 23rd Infantry Brigade. The soldiers departed the country for a peacekeeping mission in the trouble West African State of Mali on June 26 last year returned to the country on Tuesday, June 25, via the Roberts International Airport (RIA), Lower Margibi County.
The return of the second platoon of the Liberian peacekeepers doesn’t end AFL peacekeeping mission in Mali, but brings to an end a year of peacekeeping duty for the second platoon. They are the second postwar peacekeepers, who have served in international peacekeeping with distinction, bringing pride to the country.
The soldiers are being hailed for the “job well done.” For that, the office of the Chief of Staff (COS), B/G Daniel Dee Ziankahn in collaboration with authorities of the Ministry of Defense, want Liberians to know that they have flown the Liberian Flag very high on the international scene.
Since its deployment to Mali on 26 June 2014, the platoon has over the last 12 months conducted several missions in and out of its area of operations. These missions include escort, vehicle and foot patrols, reconnaissance and other special assignments.
In line with the administrative mandate towards personnel serving in Peacekeeping, the United Nations (UN) through the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) scheduled a Medal Day Parade in honor of the Liberian Platoon serving in MINUSMA on 19 June 2015. The Liberian contingent which was deployed in June 2014 consists of an infantry platoon assigned to MINUSMA Headquarters in Bamako and Timbuktu where they received UN Medals.
As of Capt. Appleton, a Marylander was born on June 1, 1979; enlisted in the new AFL on March 8, 2008. On September 18, 2009, he was commissioned and promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, and a year later, (September 30, 2010) rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He was promoted to the rank of a captain on April 1, 2013.
Capt. Appleton attended the Intermediate Staff Course, Horton Academy, Sierra Leone on December 6, 2013; Company Commander Course, Rwanda Military Academy, GAKO in June 2012; Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course (IBOLC) Maneuver School of Excellence, Fort Benning, USA in July 17 2010.
Officer Candidate School (OCS), Barclay Training Center (BTC), August 1, 2008. He obtained his Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (BNOC), Camp Ware, Liberia, on June 20, 2008; Advance Infantry Training (AIT), Camp Ware, May 23, 2008, and Initial Entry Training (IET), Camp Ware, April 25, 2008.
Certificate, Operational Law, Monrovia Liberia, 5 August 2011; Military Decision Making Process Seminar, EBK Barracks 25 February 2011; Special Guard Officer Course, China, July 6, 2011; Certificate, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, Defense Institute of Legal Studies (DIILS), Monrovia Liberia 2 Dec 2011; Combative Trainer Course, Maneuver School of Excellence, Fort Benning, June 17, 2010. Indirect Fire Infantryman Basic Mortar Training Course 8 May 2009. Operational Risk Management, EBK Barracks, 10 March 2009. Officer Leadership Training, EBK Barracks, March 10, 2009. Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, February 19, 2009, and Certificate, UCMJ Familiarization Seminar, United States Command (AFRICOM) Barclay Training Center on November 21, 2008.
He has served as Contingent commander in Mali MINUSMA, G-3, 23rd Infantry Brigade; Acting Battalion commander 2nd Infantry Battalion Company Commander, B-2-23 Inf Bde, etc.
Capt. Appleton has been awarded previously as the Most Improved Officer Intermediate Staff course (Sierra Leone); Best Young Officer of the Year 2012/2013 (Liberia); United Nations Peacekeeping Medal, 2015 (Mali).
BBA, Accounting African Methodist Episcopal University 2005/2006; High School Diploma, WAEC Certificate, Monrovia College and Industrial Training School 2000/2001.