The government on Sunday appointed quartermaster general Lieutenant General Aziz Ahmed as the next chief of Bangladesh army for three years from June 25 promoting him to General.
The government gazetted the promotion and appointment on Sunday.
Aziz was commissioned in the Corps of Artillery on June 10, 1983 in 8th long course at Bangladesh Military Academy while Mahfuzur Rahman was commissioned in 1981 with the Corps of Infantry in the 5th long course.
In his 35-year military career, General Aziz commanded an Artillery Regiment, a battalion and a sector of now defunct Bangladesh Rifles, an Independent Air Defence Artillery Brigade, and served as instructor at Artillery Centre and School and School of Military Intelligence.
As a Major General, he commanded 33 Infantry Division in Comilla.
He was then promoted to Lieutenant General and appointed as general officer commanding at Army Training and Doctrine Command in Mymensingh.
Aziz was one of longest serving director general of the Border Guard Bangladesh between December 2012 and December 2016 and played vital role in maintaining law and order before and after the January 5, 2014 national elections, boycotted by all opposition parties.
In the latest promotion, Aziz of Chandpur superseded Armed Forces Division principal staff officer Lieutenant General Mahfuzur Rahman of Jhenaidah.
Mahfuz has served as the Director of Military Operations at Army Headquarters and commanded Defence Services Command and Staff College, and School of Infantry and Tactics.
Earlier in this June, Lieutenant General Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardy, who was known for his role in rescue operations in collapse Rana Plaza in 2013, retired after commanding the National Defence College between February 17, 2015 and May 31, 2018.
Lieutenant General Nazim Uddin of 8th long course is currently serving as the chief of general staff at the Army Headquarters.
Defence ministry officials said a number of reshuffle was in the offing due to the promotion and retirement.
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