Brunei Gets New Land Force Chief

Brigadier Gen Muhammad Haszaimi Bol Hassan was officially appointed as the new commander of the Royal Brunei Land Force (RBLF) in a change of command ceremony held on July 30.

He took over the helm of leadership from Brig Gen Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Khairul Hamed Lampoh.

In attendance were deputy commander of RBLF, acting commandant of combat service support RBLF, senior officers, officers, land forces sergeant major and RBLF personnel.

Brig Gen Muhammad Haszaimi Bol Hassan joined the RBLF in June 1993. Upon completion of officer training at the Officer Cadet School, New Zealand in 1994, he was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant where he served as an infantry platoon commander at the 3rd battalion RBLF.

He has attended courses at the Australian Land Warfare Centre in 1999, Australian Defence College in 2007 and the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) in the United Kingdom from 2012 to 2013. He was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Royal Brunei Land Force in September 2013. Promoted to the rank of Colonel in May 2014, he was then appointed as Deputy Commander of Royal Brunei Land Force from 2014 to 2017 and as Commandant of Training Institute Royal Brunei Armed Forces in 2018 until 2020.

His other overseas career courses include Platoon Commander’s Course and Mortar Officer’s Course in 1997 at the School of Infantry in New Zealand, Company Tactic and Advanced Infantry Officer’s Course in 2004 at the Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute (SAFTI) in the Republic of Singapore, Grade 2 Staff and Tactics Course in 2006 at the Army Training Centre (PULADA) in Malaysia, Malaysian Joint Warfare Course in 2010. He successfully attended 8th Executive Development Programme MINDEF, Standford-NUS Executive Development in International Management in Singapore in August 2015 and Senior Executives in National and International Security 2016 at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School, United States. In 2005, Brigadier General Haji Muhammad Haszaimi was awarded The Excellent Service Medal (PIKB – Pingat Indah Kerja Baik) and The Most Honourable Order of Seri Paduka Mahkota Brunei (SMB – Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Brunei Yang Amat Mulia Darjah Ketiga) in 2012 from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.  –shp/iz