The Defence Ministry has named Lieutenant General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed as the next chief of Bangladesh Army.
Lt General Shafiuddin Ahmed, who now serves as the Quartermaster General at the Army Headquarters, will take up the post on June 24 and serve for three years, according to a notice issued by the Defence Ministry on Thursday. He will replace current army chief General Aziz Ahmed.
Lt General Shafiuddin Ahmed will be promoted to the rank of General before taking up the position of army chief, said the Defence Ministry notification.
Commissioned in the 9th Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) Long Course in 1983 in the infantry corps, Lt General Shafiuddin Ahmed previously served as the General Commanding Officer of Army Training and Doctrine Command (ARTDOC).
In his career, Lt General Shafiuddin has also served as a Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and a senior directing staff of the National Defence College.
He also played a key role in UN peacekeeping missions as deputy force commander in the Central African Republic.
Born on Dec 31, 1963 in Khulna, Ahmed achieved a post-graduate degree in defence studies from the National University. He also completed MBA at the Military Institute of Science and Technology and MPhil in development and securities studies. He is doing doctoral research at the Bangladesh University of Professionals.
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