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Lieutenant Colonel Azhar bin Matzan graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with B.A (Hons) in Economics and Finance.  He began his military career when he enlisted into the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) in October 2003.  He is a second-generation cadet graduate from the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst (RMAS) United Kingdom in 2005, where his late father had also graduated from the RMAS United Kingdom in 1973.  Upon his return, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant and was posted to Third Battalion Royal Brunei Land Force (RBLF) where he was appointed as Platoon Commander, Alpha Company.

During his tour in Third Battalion RBLF, Lieutenant Colonel Azhar held the post of Platoon Commander, Alpha Company, and was subsequently appointed as Second In Command of Alpha Company Third Battalion RBLF where he stayed until 2009.  In late 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Azhar was appointed as the Quartermaster Officer of Support Battalion RBLF and held various appointments after, including Officer In Charge Store-Sub Depot Logistics Depot Combat Service Support (CSS RBLF), Staff Officer Grade 2, Logistics Office (G4) RBLF Headquarters, Second-In-Command Logistics Depot CSS RBLF and as Commanding Officer, Logistics Depot CSS RBLF in July 2018. He assumed the appointment as the Deputy Commandant Combat Service Support on 01 November 2021 and is currently appointed as Commandant Combat Service Support on 01 March 2023.

Throughout his service, Lieutenant Colonel Azhar has attended various military courses including Platoon Commander Course, Range Management Course, Junior Staff Course, Basic Logistics Course in Australia, Advance Logistics Course in Singapore and most recently in 2016, he attended the 47th Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College in SAFTI Military Institute, Singapore and graduated with a Diploma in Organisational Leadership.

Lieutenant Colonel Azhar is blessed with three beautiful children, Alya, Hakeem and Arianna. In his spare time, he loves to travel with his family and enjoys playing sports, particularly badminton.​​