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Lieutenant Colonel Haji Awang Zuraihi bin Haji Awang Ash’ari enlisted in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) on the 11th of March 2002 and was commissioned as an officer on the 27th of September 2003 after completing his training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom.

He has held various appointments such as Platoon Commander (3rd Bn RBLF), Intelligence officer (3rd Bn RBLF), Staff Officer Grade 3 Training and Operations (RBLF HQ), Adjutant (2nd Bn RBLF), Second in Command Company Commander (2nd Bn RBLF), Company Commander (2nd Bn RBLF), Staff Officer Grade 2 in Personal and Administration (CSS RBLF),  Staff Officer Grade 1 in Personal and Administration (RBLF HQ) and currently holding the post of Head of Leadership and Management Centre in Defence Academy, RBAF. He also had the opportunity to serve in UNIFIL in 2011.

In terms of courses, he has attended numerous courses both locally and abroad which include Platoon Commander Course, Intelligence Officer Course, Unit Security Officer Course (Singapore), Psychological Operation Course (Philippines), Junior Staff Course, IOSH International Managing Safely Course, Critical Incident Stress Management Course, Company Commander Course, Grade 2 Staff and Tactic Course (Malaysia), Command and Staff Course, Certified TetraMap Facilitator Course, Executive Development Programme dan Defence Higher Education Trainer International.

Lieutenant Colonel Haji Awang Zuraihi bin Haji Awang Ash’ari has a Post Graduate Diploma in International Security from Massey University, New Zealand and a Master in Defence and Security Studies from Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He has been awarded Pingat Laila Tugas, Pingat Jubli Emas ABDB, Pingat Indah Kerja Baik (PIKB), UN Medal and Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK). He is married to Nabilah binti Haji Ahmad and blessed with two children, Dayang Maryam and Awang Hadid.  He enjoys travelling, running and reading.