General Aziz Ahmed, SBP(BAR), BSP, BGBM, PBGM, BGBMS, psc, G, PhD has taken over the Command of Bangladesh Army as the 16th Chief of Army Staff on 25 June 2018. He has been honoured as the Colonel Commandant of the Armored Corps, Regiment of Artillery, Corps of Engineers, Colonel of the Regiment of the East Bengal and Bangladesh Infantry Regiment.
The General was born on 01 January 1961 at Narayangonj. The General joined Bangladesh Military Academy on 07 August 1981 and was commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery on 10 June 1983 with 8th BMA Long Course.
In his long glorious career, the general commanded several outfits at all levels of command in the Army as well as the border guarding force of Bangladesh. He was General Officer Commanding, Army Training and Doctrine Command in the rank of Lieutenant General. As the Director General, he commanded Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) for four years. He also commanded 33 Infantry Division, 6 Independent Air Defence Artillery Brigade, 33 Artillery Brigade, Dhaka Sector of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), 30 Field Regiment Aritllery and 44 Border Guard Battalion.
Before taking over the command of the Army, as a Principal Staff Officer, he served as the Quarter Master General of Bangladesh Army at the Army Headquarters (AHQ). He had been a GSO-I of Pay Pension & Allowance Directorate in AHQ, Brigade Major of an infantry brigade, GSO-II of Military Training Directorate in AHQ, and GSO-3 (Operations) in Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT).
A veteran instructor, General Aziz served as an Instructor Gunnery and Instructor Class ‘A’ for more than 07 years in the School of Artillery and the School of Military Intelligence respectively.
The general is currently holding the portfolio as the Chairman, Trust Bank Limited, Board of Directors of Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory Limited and Bangladesh Diesel Plant Limited. He is the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Sena Kalyan Sangsta and President of Bangladesh Golf Federation, Kurmitola Golf Club and President, Bangladesh Olympic Association.
After the BDR Carnage in 2009, he was the 4th DG, BGB and commanded the force from 05 December 2012 to 16 November 2016 and played the key role to bring normalcy in the force and reinstated the confidence of the nation upon it. Under his command, BGB raised 04 Regions, 04 Sector Headquarters, 14 BGB battalions and established 108 new border outposts covering 310 km out of 539 km unguarded border with India & Myanmar in CHT. During his tenure, General Aziz made a significant record of the exchange of enclaves with India peacefully. He undertook many welfare projects for BGB soldiers. Worth mentioning are the "Shimanto Bank" a commercial enterprise; three new 50 bedded modern hospitals, etc. During his term, a total of 18,000 new soldiers were recruited in the force, including 100 female recruits for the first time. As DG BGB, he was the first overseas "Chief Guest" in the history of Border Security Force (BSF) of India to review a passing out Parade at BSF Academy, Tekanpur, India.
As commanding officer and sector commander, he displayed the highest degree of honesty and integrity, sense of duty and responsibility to screen more than 7500 mutineers and rendered invaluable service in the trial process. As recognition of this outstanding service to the nation, government of Bangladesh awarded him Distinguished Service Medal (BSP). As Commanding Officer of a BDR unit and Sector Commander of BDR (Now BGB), he played a leading role in implementing various reform programs. For his outstanding service, he was awarded the Border Guard Bangladesh Medal (BGBM) by the Honorable President. For his charismatic leadership quality in transforming the force, he was conferred the President Border Guard Bangladesh Medal (PBGM) by the Honorable President as well. The Honorable Prime Minister awarded him the Border Guard Bangladesh Medal Sheba (BGBMS) for rendering extraordinary service to BGB. General Aziz has been awarded with the prestigious ‘King Abdul Aziz Medal of Excellence’ by the King of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in February 2019. This prestigious medal has been awarded in recognition of his exceptional role in enhancing the friendly relations between Bangladesh and Saudi Armies. For his outstanding leadership and contribution to the nation and the Army, the general has been awarded with dishtinguished Sena Bahini Medal (SBP) (BAR) by the Honourable Prime Minister.
General Aziz attended several professional courses, seminars and symposiums at home and abroad. Worth mentioning are Officers' Gunnery Staff Course from Artillery Center & School, Chattogram and Long Gunnery Staff Course from School of Artillery, Deolali, India. He attended Pacific Army Senior Officers Logistic Seminar (PASOLS) in Fiji, Pacific Area Special Operations Conference (PASOC) in Florida & Hawaii, International Border Police Conference in Poland, Border Police Conference in Hungary, World Border Police Congress in Netherlands, Land Forces of the Pacific (LANPAC) Symposium and Exposition in Hawaii, USA and Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (IPACC-XI) in Bangkok, Thailand. He led 08 bilateral Director General (DG) Level BGB - Border Security Force (BSF) conferences. He also attended a conference on Technical Cooperation & Capacity Building for Border Management in Thailand.
General Aziz completed his graduation in BA (pass) under Chattogram University in 1983. He is a graduate of Defense Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur. He completed his Masters in Defense Studies (MDS) and Masters of Science (M.Sc) (Technical) from National University and also earned Masters in Business Administration (Executive) from American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB). The General is now pursuing a PhD under Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP).
Under the Blue Helmet, he served as a UN Military Observer in the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) in the war-ravaged country in 1995-1996. He also served as Military Assistant to Force Commander of United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in 2005-2006.