The National Governors Council of Liberia, representing 16 tribes and 15 counties recently gowned and certificated the former Director of Cyber Crime (Ministry of National Security) for his five years work without salary and for his extraordinary services rendered to his country as contributing to the growth of Liberia.
He was also honored for his heroic services rendered in a major combat in the deadly Baghdad slum, Sadr City, Iraq on August 16, 2004 while serving in the U.S. Army. He was awarded for his services by former US President George Bush at a ceremony held at the White House.
One of the awards he earned was his courageous action that led to the evacuation of his crew despite numerous risks. As a member of the Poro society, his action put Liberia on the world map, said Madam Musu Thompson, president of the Liberia Governors Council.
“You did not choose to remain in the United States,” Madam Thompson told Mr. Joseph J. Brown before the gowning ceremony, “but chose to come home to help your people.” She said the honor did not have anything to do with politics but simply to show their appreciation for a Liberian who did not forget his past. Delivering a special message from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf before the gowning and certification ceremony, the Director General of the National Bureau of Veteran Affairs, Brigadier General Rudolf F. Kolaco Sr. (rtd), spoke about the character of Mr. Brown.
“He is a veteran soldier with discipline who at a crucial part of his career managed to save his commanding officer during his tour of duty in Iraq,” Director Kolaco said. It was a reference Mr. Joseph J. Brown’s tour of duty as a corporal with US forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom initiated by the United States in 2003. Director Kolaco reflected on the quality of a good soldier, with emphasis on being a follower, faithfulness to duty, familiarity, a fighter and being efficient.
“Mr. Brown is a veteran who possesses all these qualities,” Director Kolaco stated.
Responding after the gowning and certification ceremony, Mr. Brown, now 31 years old, expressed appreciation to the Government of Liberia and the Governors Council of Liberia for the honor and paid tribute to his mother and called for mothers to be respected in the country.
Mr. Brown, who served for five years as the first director of Cyber Crime Unit at the Ministry of National Security, and rejected salary or compensation for the period, reflected on the positive values that he earned from his mother that helped him in his military career.
He spoke about his determination to support the Poverty Reduction Strategy that President Johnson Sirleaf initiated. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Brown loaned out U$350,000 to youth and business women as a way of empowering his community, along with a 40 foot container of computers and reading materials.
Brown holds an Associate in computer information systems; a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a Masters degree in public administration, a press release said.