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Lieutenant Colonel Yoosuf Rasheed has been serving Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) since 06 August 2001.
Lieutenant Colonel Rasheed is a graduate of the Command and Staff College, Wellington - India, where he was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University – Sri Lanka. Lieutenant Colonel Rasheed has completed Basic Training Course, Special Task Force Training Course, NCO Cadre Training Course, Swimming Instructor Course, Officer Commissioning Course, Basic Parachute Course, USMC Basic Officers Course, Young Officers Basic Infantry Course, Young Officers Weapon Course, Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare Course and Junior Command Course.
Lieutenant Colonel Rasheed is currently serving as the Deputy Commander of MNDF Male’ Area Command. Prior to this appointment Lieutenant Colonel Rasheed has served as Commanding Officer of Officer Training Wing, Head of Academics Department at College of Defence and Security Studies, Troop Commander at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University in Sri Lanka, Commander of Marine Deployment Unit II, Staff Officer for Chief of Defence Force, Deputy Director at Directorate of Operations and Training IHQ, Head of Fitness Department at Officer Training Wing, Head of Battle Studies Department and Program Coordinator of Corporal Course at MNDF NCO Academy, Operations Officer at MNDF Southern Area Command, Chief Instructor, Assistant Chief Instructor, Platoon Leader and Swimming Instructor of Special Task Force Training Courses and Basic Training Courses.
In recognition of Lieutenant Colonel Rasheed’s services, he has received three commendations from the Chief of Defence Force and one commendation from the Vice Chief of Defence Force. He is also the recipient of 50th Republic Medal, Minivan Fansaahue Medal, 17th SAARC Summit Medal, Good conduct Ribbon, Long Service Ribbon, Special Duty Ribbon, Defence Force Service Ribbon, and Ribbon of Skill.
Lieutenant Colonel Rasheed is married to Ms. Yumna Hassan Manik, and the couple is blessed with two children.