Major Gen. Channa Gunatilake Appointed As The New Army Chief Of Staff

Major Gen. Channa Gunatilake Appointed As The New Army Chief Of Staff
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Major General Channa Gunatilake has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army and he succeeds Major General U. A. B Medawela who retired from the Army a few days ago.  He has been serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff since 04 November 2016.

Major General Gunatilake enlisted in the Sri Lanka Army on 31 August 1981, having completed his primary and secondary education at St Benedict’s College Colombo 13 and Royal College Colombo 7. He followed the Basic Officer Cadet Course at the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa passing out as the Best All Round Officer Cadet winning the Sword of Honour. He was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers as a Second Lieutenant on 17 July 1982.

He was the former Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force, Security Force Commander (Central), Military Secretary, Security Force Commander (Kilinochchi), GOC – 56th Infantry Division, GOC – Mannar. He is also a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff College Bangladesh and National Defence College Pakistan.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the National Defence University Pakistan.  He has been awarded a Diploma in Personnel Management by the National Institute of Business Management Sri Lanka. He has also participated in an impressive array of training programmes in Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan, Switzerland and the USA. Major General Goonetilleke has been decorated with the Rana Sura Padakkama for gallantry and awarded the Vishishta Seva Vibushanaya for unblemished service and Uththamaseva Padakkma for distinguished service.

 

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