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President Guard Regiment

President Guard Regiment
প্রেসিডেন্ট গার্ড রেজিমেন্ট
Active 1982 – Present
Country Bangladesh
Allegiance People's Republic of Bangladesh
Type Security
Role Protection of the President and
VVIPs as per state protocol
Size One Regiment
Garrison/HQ Dhaka Cantonment
Nickname(s) PGR
Anniversaries 5 July [1]
Commanders
Commander Military Secretary to the President (MSP)
Commandant Major General
Notable
commanders
Brigadier ABM Elias
Commander (MSP) 1984-89

The President Guard Regiment (PGR) is an entity of the Executive Office of the President of Bangladesh located at Banga Bhaban, provides military support for all security functions, including Presidential trips, Presidential movements, medical support and emergency medical services, and hospitality services. The PGR is headed by the Military Secretary to the President and Commander, President Guard Regiment. The regiment was created by President Ziaur Rahman in 1976. Back then it was known as Presidential Security Force. The force was restructured and upgraded to full regimental status by President Hussain Muhammad Ershad in 1982 [2] and the new name President Guard Regiment was established.

History

Restructured in 1982, the organization's mission is to ensure the physical security of the President and all visiting Heads of State and high ranking dignitaries.

Mission & Function

The force is charged with providing security for the President of Bangladesh, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh their immediate family members and any other VVIPs as per enacted law and government decision.

All Presidential Aide-de-Camp's are assigned under this office. Visiting spouses of foreign Heads of State, Heads of Government and dignitaries also receive their protection.

The Commander of the President Guard Regiment is an army Major General known as the Military Secretary to the President which is the US equivalent to the Director of White House Military Office. He reports directly to the president.[3]

The Commandant is usually a Major General who is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the regiment.

The regiment is empowered with eight Platoons, each headed by either a Major or a Captain. The regiment's uniform slightly varies from rest of the Bangladesh Army and its members are always authorized to carry firearms in uniform, even during peacetime.

Weapons

Name Type Caliber
Type 92 Semi-automatic pistol 9mm
BD-08 Assault rifle 7.62mm
Heckler & Koch MP5 Submachine gun 9mm
Romak III Sniper rifle 7.62mm
BD-08 Light machine gun 7.62mm
RPD Light machine gun 7.62mm
Type 80 General purpose machine gun 7.62mm
M40A1 Recoilless rifle 106mm

References

  1. ^ Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR), Ministry of Defence
  2. ^ http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?frd/cstdy:@field(DOCID+bd0146)
  3. ^ Bangladesh Intelligence and Security

See also

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