Newly appointed Chief of Army Staff takes charge
Published: 06:26 PM, 24 June 2021 Updated: 08:11 PM, 24 June 2021
After assuming office, the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed paid homage to the memory of the members of the Armed Forces who were martyred in the Great Liberation War of 1971 by placing floral wreaths at Shikha Anirban; Photo: ISPR
General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed, OSP, NDU, PSC took charge as the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army on Thursday (24-06-2021).
He took charge of the Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army from former Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed, SBP (Bar), BSP, BGBM, PBGM, BGBMS, PSC, G, Ph.D.
The information was given in a press release signed by Rashedul Alam Khan, Assistant Director of Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) on Thursday.
After assuming office, the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed paid homage to the memory of the members of the Armed Forces who were martyred in the Great Liberation War of 1971 by placing floral wreaths at Shikha Anirban. He was then given a “Guard of Honor” by an army contingent at Senakunja and planted a sapling there, the press release said.
Earlier in the morning, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal and Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan adorned the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff with the rank badge of ‘General’ in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban in the capital.
Born on December 1, 1963, in an aristocratic Muslim family in Khulna district, General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed’s father Bir Freedom Fighter Professor Sheikh Mohammad Rokon Uddin Ahmed served as a public representative for two consecutive decades in the pre-independence period.
General Shafiuddin Ahmed was commissioned on December 23, 1983, from Bangladesh Military Academy with the 9th Long Course. He started his military career after joining the East Bengal Regiment in the operation area in the Chittagong Hill Tracts after the post-commission.
He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the Defense Services Command and Staff College as well as a Master's in Defense Studies from the National University and an MPhil from the Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) under the course of Development and Security Studies with outstanding results in the first division. He is currently studying Ph.D. under BUP. General Shafiuddin Ahmed received an MBA degree from the University of Dhaka with first place and MIST Gold Medal.
He successfully completed the Defense and Strategic Studies course from the National Defense University (NDU) of China in 2010 and the Army Staff course from the Defense Services Command and Staff College in Mirpur. He also graduated from NDU, Washington.
General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed, in his colourful career, served as General Officer Commanding (GOC), Army Training and Doctrine Command, the only logistics formation in the Bangladesh Army and commanding the 19th Infantry Division.
He was also the Brigade Commander of an Infantry Brigade, Battalion Commander of the Bangladesh Military Academy and Commander of an Infantry Battalion in the Counter Insurgency Operations Area in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. He also served as the Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BISS).
General Shafiuddin Ahmed, as a Pioneer Deputy Force Commander of the Bangladesh Army, led the multinational force in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central Africa (MINUSCA) from 2014-2016 and received citations by SRSG for outstanding performance. He served in various formation headquarters as Senior Operational and Administrative Staff Officer, Senior Directing Staff in National Defense College, Instructor in a Cadet College, and Platoon Commander of Bangladesh Military Academy.
He served with great success as the Chief of Doctrine Division of the Army Training and Doctrine Command (ARTDOC) and the Director of the Military Training Directorate at the Army Headquarters. Before taking over as the Chief of Army Staff, he served as the Quartermaster General at the Army Headquarters.
In his personal life, General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed is married and a proud father of two daughters.