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Major General Surasid Sonsomsook, BA, DLSM, DKCC


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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Major General Surasid Sonsomsook, BA, DLSM, DKCC

Major General Surasid Sonsomsook is a retired officer of the Royal Thai Army and Senior Fellow of New Westminster College. He earned a Diploma in Communication Science from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1967 and graduated from the U.S. Army Intelligence Staff Officer Course as Distinguished Graduate in 1971. Major General Sonsomsook attended the Senior Army Staff Officer Course at the Royal Thai Army Staff College in 2003 and earned a B.A. in English from Ramkhamhaeng University in 2005. He has language proficiency in Thai and English.

Major General Sonsomsook has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and retired from the Royal Thai Army on 1 October 2007. He was first commissioned in the Royal Thai Army on 28 July 1967, one day after graduating from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.  His professional leadership experience includes:

  • January 2012 – Present: Security Project Developer and Facilitator, Thai Flight Training Academy
  • September 2009 – June 2011: Chief, Corporate Services and Human Resources Director, Swift Aviation Services
  • June 2008 – December 2008: Airport Project Manager, Aqueelah Holding Company
  • June 2005 – February 2008: Business Development Director, Dale Carnegie Training – Thailand
  • January 1985 – December 2005: Owner and Consultant, Complete Securitas
  • August 2001 – April 2005: Military Officer, Protective Services, Attached to Visiting Foreign Prime Ministers and Presidents, Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affaires, and the Royal Household, Royal Thai Government
  • December 1986 – July 2001: JSOC Operations Staff Officer for International Affaires, Special Forces Intelligence, Royal Thai Army
  • January 1984 – December 1984: General Manager, Group 4 Securicor (Thailand)
  • January 1977 – December 1983: HRM Sports and Facility Manager, Royal Bangkok Sports Club
  • August 1967 – December 1976: Special Forces Intelligence Operative and Trainer, Royal Thai Army

Major General Sonsomsook’s military specialist experience includes:

  • National Negotiator for Scotland Yard, United Kingdom, and the USA
  • VIP Protection in Australia, Germany and the USA
  • Peacekeeping Operations for United Kingdom, USA and Thailand
  • Anti-terrorism and Counter-terrorism for the USA
  • Special Collections for the Central Intelligence Agency, USA and Thailand

Major General Sonsomsook’s honours, awards and decorations include:

  • Senior Fellow of New Westminster College (Canada)
  • Dvitiyabhorn Knight Commander Cross (Thailand)
  • Frontier Medal First Class (Thailand)
  • Distinguish Long Service Medal (Thailand)

As a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Major General Surasid Sonsomsook is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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