Gen. Set Kofi Obeng
Date of Birth: January 26, 1945
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Lieutenant General Seth Kofi Obeng, born on January 26, 1945, is a distinguished figure in the Ghana Armed Forces, having served as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) among other notable positions. With a rich educational background, he earned a postgraduate Diploma in International Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1987, followed by graduation from the Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. Further enhancing his expertise, he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Defence Studies from the National War College in Delhi, India, in 1992.
Commissioned into the Ghana army in 1965, Seth Obeng's career trajectory saw him excel in various roles, including Commandant of the Military Academy and Training School and Chief of Staff at General Headquarters. Notably, he served as Defence Adviser to the Ghana High Commission in London and held a key role as Chief Staff Officer at the Army Headquarters.
Recognized for his commitment to peacekeeping, Obeng played pivotal roles in several missions, notably as Deputy Force Commander of the ECOWAS Ceasefire Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Liberia and as Force Commander of the UN Observer and Monitoring Group (MONUA) in Angola. His leadership extended to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), where he served as Force Commander from 1999 to 2001.
Transitioning to a post-military career, Obeng was appointed as a Special Adviser on African Union matters by President Kufuor in May 2007. Additionally, he contributes to the United Nations Member of the Follow-up Committee on the Greentree Agreement of 12 June 2006.
His contributions have been duly recognized with honors such as the ECOWAS Service Award and the National Legion of Cedar Commander Rank by the Lebanese Government for his efforts in promoting lasting peace. He also received accolades from the Governments of Côte d'Ivoire and the United States, highlighting his significant impact in fostering regional stability and international cooperation. Moreover, his induction into the International Officer Hall Of Fame at the Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA, further underscores his distinguished career and enduring legacy.