Sheikh Mohammad Shafiuddin Ahmed (born 1 December 1963)[1] is a four star general of the Bangladesh Army and the current Chief of Army Staff (CAS) of the Bangladesh Army since June 2021.[4][5] Prior to his appointment as CAS, he served as the quartermaster general (QMG) of Bangladesh Army as a lieutenant general. In his 40 year long military career he has also served as director general of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), Director of Military Training (DMT),[6] besides commanding an infantry brigade and an infantry division.[7][8]

SM Shafiuddin Ahmed
এস এম শফিউদ্দিন আহমেদ
SM Shafiuddin Ahmed
General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed
18th Chief of Army Staff
Assumed office
24 June 2021 (2021-06-24)
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Preceded byAziz Ahmed
Personal details
Born (1963-12-01) 1 December 1963 (age 60)
Narail, East Pakistan, Pakistan
(now, Khulna, Bangladesh)[1][2]
SpouseNoorjahan Ahmed
Residence(s)Sena Bhaban, Dhaka Cantonment
Alma mater
Military Training
Awards Senabahini Padak (SBP)
Oshamanno Sheba Padak(OSP)
Independence Day Award
Military service
Allegiance Bangladesh
Branch/service Bangladesh Army
Years of service1983–present
Rank General
UnitEast Bengal Regiment
Service numberBA-2496[3]

Early life and academics edit

Sheikh Mohammad Shafiuddin Ahmed was born on 1 December 1963 into an aristocratic family of Sheikhs in Narail District.[9] His family had been freedom fighters in Khulna.[2] His father, late Sheikh Mohammad Rokon Uddin Ahmed was a freedom fighter, professor and social worker.

Shafiuddin Ahmed is a former student of Jhenidah Cadet College of the 12th intake.[10] Shafiuddin Ahmed has attended several military courses both at home and abroad. He is a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC), Mirpur, Bangladesh. He attended International Symposium Course in PLA National Defence University and Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the same university. He is also a NESA graduate from National Defense University, Washington DC. He attained three master's degrees on varied disciplines. He was awarded MPhil degree with First Class on Development of Security Studies from Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP). He obtained Masters in Defence Studies (MDS) from National University, Bangladesh. He has also obtained Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Dhaka where he secured 1st position and received MIST Gold Medal. He completed his PhD degree on Development of Security Studies from Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) on 28 August 2021.[11]

Career edit

Shafiuddin Ahmed was commissioned in the 4th Battalion the East Bengal Regiment of Bangladesh Army on 23 December 1983 in the 9th Bangladesh Military Academy Long Course.[3][12][7] After the commission, he started his military career by joining the East Bengal Regiment in the counter-insurgency operation area in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.[6] He served as battalion commander in the 1st Bangladesh Battalion of (BMA) and commanded an infantry brigade. He also served as the Director of Military Training in Military Training Directorate at the General Staff Branch, Army Headquarters. He served as the general officer commanding and area commander of the 19th Infantry Division and Ghatail Area in 2012.[13][14] He also served as the director general of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).[13]

He served as a senior directing staff (SDS) at National Defense Colle & GOC of Logistics Area. On 25 August 2019, he was promoted to lieutenant general and made the general officer commanding (GOC) of ARTDOC.[12] He was appointed as the 6th colonel commandant of Corps of Military Police on 19 October 2020. In December 2020, he was reassigned to Army headquarters to take up the position of quartermaster general of the Bangladesh Army, with SM Matiur Rahman promoted to [[Lieutenant General (Bangladesh)|lieutenant general to succeed him as ARTDOC GOC.[8]

United Nations peacekeeping missions edit

Shafiuddin Ahmed served as a deputy force commander of MINUSCA in the Central African Republic from 2014 to 2016 and received citations by SRSG for outstanding performance.[15] Under UNSC in Mozambique, he served in ONUMOZ from 1993 to 1994.

As the Chief of Army Staff edit

On June 10, 2021, Shafiuddin Ahmed was appointed to a three-year term to succeed General Aziz Ahmed as the 18th Bangladeshi Army Chief of Staff.[5] He was promoted to the rank of general on June 24, 2021, his first day in his new role. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan presented his new rank insignia in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban.[4]

Shafiuddin Ahmed's other current roles include chairing the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory, Bangladesh Diesel Plant Limited, Trust Bank Limited, Army Welfare Trust, and the Boards of Trustees of Sena Kalyan Sangstha and the Bangladesh Army University of Engineering & Technology.[16] He is the president of Bangladesh Olympic Association and Bangladesh Golf Federation. He is also acting as the president of the executive committee of Kurmitola Golf Club. He is the vice chairman of the governing body of the National Defence College and Defence Services Command & Staff College, Council of the Military Institute of Science and Technology.[2]

Personal life edit

Shafiuddin Ahmed is married to Noorjahan Ahmed, and has two daughters.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "New Chief of Army Staff biography". Daily Sun (Bangladesh). 25 June 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Chief of Army Staff". Bangladesh Army. 24 June 2021. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Lt General SM Shafiuddin named new army chief". The Daily Star. 11 June 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b "New army chief SM Shafiuddin adorned with rank badge of General". Dhaka Tribune. 24 June 2021. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Bangladesh names SM Shafiuddin Ahmed as new army chief". 10 July 2021. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  6. ^ a b নবনিযুক্ত সেনাবাহিনী প্রধানের দায়িত্বভার গ্রহণ [Assuming charge, the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff]. Inter-Services Public Relations (in Bengali). 24 June 2021. Archived from the original on 28 June 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  7. ^ a b লেফটেন্যান্ট জেনারেল হলেন এস এম শফিউদ্দিন আহমেদ [The Lieutenant General is SM Shafuddin Ahmed]. Bangla Tribune (in Bengali). 25 August 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Major shuffle in the top brass of Bangladesh Army". 25 December 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  9. ^ "New Chief of Army Staff biography". Daily Sun. Retrieved 23 May 2023.
  10. ^ Rashid, Muktadir (10 June 2021). "Lt Gen SM Shafiuddin Ahmed made new chief of Bangladesh Army". New Age. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  11. ^ সেনানিবাসে কর্মব্যস্ত সময় পার করেছেন সেনাবাহিনী প্রধান [The army chief has spent a busy time in the cantonment]. Inter-Services Public Relations (in Bengali). 10 September 2021. Archived from the original on 14 September 2021. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Maj Gen Shafiuddin promoted to Lieutenant General". United News of Bangladesh. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  13. ^ a b লে. জেনারেল হলেন শফিউদ্দিন আহমেদ [The Lt General is SM Shafiuddin Ahmed]. Bangladesh Pratidin (in Bengali). 26 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  14. ^ লে. জেনারেল হলেন এস এম শফিউদ্দিন আহমেদ [The Lt. General is SM Shafiuddin Ahmed]. Daily Naya Diganta (in Bengali). 25 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  15. ^ মেজর জেনারেল এস এম শফিউদ্দিন আহমেদ এর লেফটেন্যান্ট জেনারেল পদে পদোন্নতি লাভ [Major General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General]. Inter-Services Public Relations (in Bengali). 25 August 2019. Archived from the original on 11 June 2021. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Board of Trustees". Bangladesh Army University of Engineering & Technology. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
Military offices
Preceded by Chief of Army Staff
24 June 2021 – present