Shafiuddin takes charge as new army chief

Staff Correspondent

25 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Shafiuddin takes charge as new army chief

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greets newly appointed Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed presenting him with a bouquet at her official residence Ganabhaban on Thursday. – PID PHOTO

Newly-appointed Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed on Thursday took the charge of Bangladesh Army for the next three years.

Outgoing Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed handed over the charge to General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed at the Army Headquarters at a simple ceremony.

After taking the charge, General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed placed floral a wreath at Shikha Anirban (the eternal flame) and paid tribute to the martyrs of the country’s war of independence.

He was then given a guard of honour by a smart army contingent at Senakunja and he planted a sapling there.

Earlier in the morning, Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed was adorned with the new rank badge of General in presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban in the capital.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal and Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan

adorned the Army Chief with the rank badge of General.

After the ceremony, the premier congratulated the new army chief by presenting a bouquet and wished his success. The Army Chief also greeted the Prime Minister by presenting a bouquet and sought her blessings.

General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed was born on December 1, 1963 into an aristocratic Muslim family in Khulna district. His father, Professor Sheikh Mohammad Rokon Uddin Ahmed, a heroic freedom fighter, served as a people’s representative for two decades in the pre-independence period.

After the commission, he started his military career by joining the East Bengal Regiment in the operation area in Chattogram Hill Tracts. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Defense Services Command and Staff College as well as a Masters in Defense Studies from the National University and an MPhil with outstanding results from Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) in Development and Security Studies department. He is currently studying for a PhD under BUP. General Shafiuddin Ahmed received an MBA degree from Dhaka University 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.

In his colorful career, he served as General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army Training and Doctrine Command. He commanded the only logistics formation and 19th Infantry Division of the Bangladesh Army.

Shafiuddin 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 Chattogram Hill Tracts.

He also served as the Director General of Bangladesh Institute of International Studies (BIIS).

General Shafiuddin, as a Pioneer Deputy Force Commander of the Bangladesh Army, led the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) from 2014 to 2016 and received citations by SRSG for outstanding performance.

He served in the National Defense College as Senior Directing Staff, Senior Operating and Administrative Staff Officer in various Formation Headquarters, Cadet College as Instructor and Bangladesh Military Academy as Platoon Commander.

He served with great success as the Chief of Doctrine Division of the Army Training and Doctrine Command (ARTDOC) and as the Director of the Directorate of Military Training at the Army Headquarters. Prior to taking over as Chief of Army Staff, he served as Quartermaster General in the Army Headquarters. In private life he is married and a proud father of two daughters.