Army gets new Chief of Staff
COLOMBO: The new Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army Major General
Lawrence Fernando assumed duties yesterday at Army Headquarters. He will
function as the Overall Operations Commander in Colombo too. General
Fernando is also the Regimental Commander of the Gajaba Regiment.
Meanwhile, Major General Sumith Balasuriya has been appointed as the
Commandant of Sir John Kotalawela Defence University and he will be
assuming duties tomorrow. Major General Sanath Karunaratne has been
appointed as the Regimental Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Womenâ€™s
Corps in addition to his present appointment as the 11 Division
Commander. Earlier, this appointment was held by General Balasuriya.
Meanwhile, the Army has seen success with the General Amnesty period
given to deserters which ended on February 5. Military sources said
3,884 deserters have re-joined during that period.
The recruitment campaign to enlist 2,000 new soldiers is also
reaching the target.