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SL Army announces several key appointments, relinquishments


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Acting on the directions of the Ministry of Defence, Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake has made several changes to the appointments and relinquishments of the following officers with immediate effect on Monday. Major General S.W. Lalith Daulagala, who was serving as the Commandant, Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF), has been appointed as Director General Projects of the Army Headquarters after relinquishment of his office at SLAVF. Similarly all references and postings of Major General J.C. Rambukpotha, which had been issued earlier, had been deleted. Major General S.A.L Lal Perera, Commander, Security Force Headquarters - East has been called to the Army Headquarters while Major General A.K. Sumedha Perera is to relinquish his appointment as Director General Staff at Army Headquarters and assume office as the Commander, Security Force Headquarters - Central. Major General H. Channa P. Goonetilleke, after relinquishing his duties as Director General of Staff at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff has been posted to be the Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force. Major General A. Mano Perera has been appointed as Director General of Sports after relinquishing his office as the Commander, Security Force Headquarters - Central. Major General M.H.S Boniface Perera after relinquishing his duties as the Commander, Security Force Headquarters - Wanni has been appointed as the Director General Staff at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff. Meanwhile, Major General Nandana Udawatta, currently the Master General Ordnance at the Army Headquarters has been appointed as the Commander, Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna. Major General G.D.H Kamal Gunaratne has been appointed as the Master General Ordnance at the Army Headquarters. Major General N.U.M Mahesh W. Senanayake has been appointed Military Secretary at the Army Headquarters after his recent reinstatement. Major General N.J. Walgama after relinquishment of his office at the Sapugaskanda Defence Services Command and Staff College has been appointed as the Commander, Security Force Headquarters - East. Major General G.V.D Udaya A. Perera relinquishes his appointment at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff and has been appointed as the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College at Sapugaskanda. Major General K. Jagath Alwis who relinquishes his office as the Commander, Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna has been attached to the Army Headquarters. Major General K.A.D Amal Karunasekara, Military Secretary of the Army Headquarters has been appointed as the Commander, Security Force Headquarters - Wanni while, Major General B.A. Perera after relinquishing as Director General Operations at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff has been re-appointed as the Director General General Staff at Army Headquarters. Brigadier D.S. Weerasekara, Director General Projects at Army Headquarters has been attached to the Army Headquarters upon relinquishment of his current office. Meanwhile, the newly reinstated Brigadier D.C Keppetiwalana has been appointed as the new Director of Operations at the Army Headquarters while Brigadier H.M Jayantha K. Gunaratne after relinquishing his duties as Director Operations has been attached to the Army Headquarters.

Commander greets eight senior officers promoted to rank of Major General

President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has confirmed the overdue promotion to the rank of Major General of three senior Brigadiers and the promotion of five more Brigadiers to the temporary rank of Major General, effective from 30 December 2014. Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake extended his best wishes and congratulations to all those senior officers on Monday morning after meeting them at the commander’s office where he briefed them on their future roles for the benefit of the organisation. Senior officers Brigadier K.W. Edema, Brigadier M.H.P. Mihindukulasuriya and Brigadier A.K.P. Wickremasinghe have accordingly been given confirmation to their ranks of Major General, effective from 15 September 2011, 1 October 2012 and 24 May 2013 respectively. Similarly, Brigadier J.R. Kulatunga, Brigadier D.D.U.K Hettiarachchi, Brigadier M.K.D. Perera, Brigadier D.S.N.K. Senadeera and Brigadier P.M.R. Bandara have been promoted to the ranks of temporary Major General with effect from 30 December 2014. The Commander of the Army accordingly has permitted these senior officers to wear their new ranks pending publication of the gazette, states a communiqué issued by the Military Secretariat at the Army Headquarters.

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