SHAH ALAM: 10th Brigade (Para) Commander Brigadier Khairul Azmizal Ahmad Natal was promoted to Major General at a ceremony at the unit’s headquarters in Malacca on April 17. This was the first time the brigade is headed by a two-star general since it was established in 1994.
Khairul Azmizal was promoted by Army chief General DS Mohammad Ab Rahman who made his first visit to the brigade following his appointment as the top soldier. Mohammad – a qualified parachutist – was also presented the honorary maroon and jump wings of the brigade by Khairul Azmizal.
The Army did not say whether Khairul Azmizal will be transferred out following his promotion as this is already his second stint as the commanding officer of the brigade in 2020.
His second stint as Panglima at the brigade occurred almost at the same time as the current Army chief promotion as the deputy chief as could be seen in the previous story.
A two-star post is usually reserved for commanding positions in the Army – for example training command; divisional commanders or the chief of staff of the two field commands. Technically, the 10th Para despite being called a brigade is already a division-size formation with four infantry battalions together with various support units. It likely has more men and equipment compared to many brigades in the Army.
The post from Tentera Darat:
PENGANUGERAHAN BERET MERUN DAN SAYAP PENERJUNAN KEHORMAT 10 BRIGED (PARA)
MELAKA, 17 April 2023 – Panglima Tentera Darat (PTD), Jeneral Datuk Seri Mohammad bin Ab Rahman dan isteri, Datin Seri Ramlah binti Dawi selaku Pengerusi Jemaah Badan Kebajikan Keluarga Angkatan Tentera (BAKAT) Darat telah hadir ke Perbarisan Penganugerahan Beret Merun dan Sayap Penerjunan Kehormat 10 Briged (PARA) di Padang Kawad Batalion Ke-17 Rejimen Askar Melayu Diraja Kem Terendak, Melaka.
Ketibaan PTD telah disambut oleh Panglima 10 Bgd (PARA) Brigedier Jeneral Khairul Azmizal bin Ahmad Natal dan isteri, Puan Rozita Waty binti Ridzuan serta diberi penghormatan dengan mengambil tabik hormat dan pemeriksaan Kawalan Kehormatan Utama (KKU).
Acara dimulakan dengan pemakaian pangkat kepada Panglima 10 Bgd (PARA), Brigedier Jeneral Khairul Azmizal bin Ahmad Natal dari Brigedier Jeneral ke Mejar Jeneral.
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— Malaysian Defence