The Ministry of National Defense (MOD) yesterday announced the death of the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS), Colonel Eric Wayma Dennis. He was 48.
Col. Dennis, according to Defense Minister Browne J. Samukai, died about sunset yesterday from ‘respiratory congestion’ at the Duside Hospital in Firestone where he had gone for advanced medical treatment following a period of illness.
The late Col. Dennis was an accomplished musician, a family source informed the Daily Observer. He was an organist at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, a church Minister Samukai also attends.
He enlisted with the first recruit class in July 2006, and held the positions of Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Training; First Battalion Commander, 23rd Infantry Brigade; Company Com¬mander, ‘B Company’ First Battalion; 23rd In¬fantry Brigade, Platoon Commander, among other assignments in the AFL.
On February 11, Armed Forces Day 2013, he was appointed by Presi¬dent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Deputy Chief of Staff of the AFL replacing Colonel Daniel Moore, who was honor¬ably retired from the army.
Col. Dennis was a graduate of the Gha¬na Army Command and Staff College. He obtained a Master’s degree in Gov¬ernance and Leadership from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in Accra. He also earned a Master’s in International Relations from the Ibrahim B. Baban¬gida Graduate School of International Studies of the University of Liberia.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff, he served as Reserved Officers Training Course (ROTC) instructor at the University of Liberia (UL).
Born in Harper, Maryland County on February 15, 1968, the late Col. Dennis joined the AFL in 1986, and received Basic Combat Training at the Tubman Military Academy in Todee, Lower Montserrado County. Upon completion, he served as Instruc¬tor of the Reserved Officers Training
Course from 1988 to 2006.
He later gained admission into the University of Liberia’s Army Student Training Program, sponsored by the Ministry of National Defense, and graduated in 1997 with a BBA degree in Management and Accounting.
During the Security Sector Reform process of the AFL, Col. Dennis, not content with his 20 years of military service, signed up for the new military dispensation.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Mrs. Lelia Goodrige Dennis, four children—a girl and three boys – and a host of relatives.