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Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Khairul Hamed bin Awang Hj Lampoh, P.S.P.N.B, PJG (Tent), P.S.B, MSc, MPAT, psc started his Recruit training on 05 February 1990 and graduated as an Officer Cadet on 19 June 1991 from the Officer Cadet School, Waiouru, New Zealand. 

Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Khairul Hamed held various Command appointments such as Infantry Platoon Commander to Commanding Officer at Second Battalion Royal Brunei Land Force (RBLF) and several Instructor posts from Intake Commander at Recruit Company to Chief Instructor at Training Center Royal Brunei Armed Forces later known as Training Institute, Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

Other than Command and Instructor appointments, Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Khairul Hamed also held several staff appointments; from Adjutant of 3Bn RBLF to Chief of Staff, Joint Force Head Quarters (COS JFHQ) and later appointed as Chief of Staff, RBLF after his promotion to Colonel in 2015.

With his experiences both in command, staff and instructor appointments, he was later appointed as Commandant of Training Institute, Royal Brunei Armed Forces before he took the command as the Commander of RBLF on 31 January 2018. Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Khairul Hamed is the 10th Commander of RBLF.

Throughout his service, Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Khairul Hamed had the opportunity to attend various courses and studies within the country and abroad. Among courses and studies that he attended was Jungle Warfare Long Range Patrol Course in Training Team Brunei in Seria (1991), Platoon Commander Course in Pulada Malaysia (1992), Staff Duty Course in Port Dickson Malaysia (1997), Advanced Infantry Officer Course and Company Tactic Course in Singapore (2000), Army Advance Tactics Course in Malaysia (2001), Advanced Military Technology in Singapore (2004) and Singapore Command and Staff College (2005). 

Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Khairul Hamed is a Graduate of Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College (MAFDC) with Masters of Social Science (MSc) in Defence Studies, awarded at The National University of Malaysia (2014). Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Khairul Hamed was inducted as the 12th member of the MAFDC Hall of Fame on 11 October 2019.

In 2012, Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Khairul Hamed was awarded The Most Honourable Order of Setia Negara Brunei (P.S.B. – Darjah Setia Negara Brunei Yang Amat Bahagia Darjah Keempat). On 15 July 2018, Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Khairul Hamed was awarded Darjah Pahlawan Negara Brunei Yang Amat Perkasa, P.S.P.N.B, Darjah Pertama from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. On 04 December 2019, he was conferred with the Meritorious Service Medal (Military) by the Republic of Singapore.

Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Khairul Hamed is married to Datin Mazlin binti Osman and blessed with three sons and three daughters. During his free time, he loves playing golf and travelling.