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Monday, February 28, 2011 - 6.29 GMT

New Air Force Commander appointed


Air Vice Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama is the new Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force.

The handing over of command, with Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke relinquishing his duties as Commander of the Air Force, took place at the SLAF Headquarters on 27 February.

Air Vice Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama was enlisted to the Sri Lanka Air Force as an Officer Cadet in the General Duties Pilot branch on 19 April, 1980.

On the successful completion of training, he was commissioned in the rank of Pilot Officer on 3 April, 1982. During his illustrious career spanning three decades, he held instructional, operational, planning, command as well as combatant command appointments. These included the Commanding Officer of the first Fighter Squadron, Commanding Officer of Sri Lanka Air Force Palaly, Commandant Flying Training Wing, Base Commander of China Bay, Anuradhapura & Ratmalana Bases, Zonal Commander East and Chief Instructor of Air Wing of the Defence Services Command & Staff College. At the Air Force Headquarters; Air Marshal Abeywickrama served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Director Air Operations and overlooked the duties as the Director Logistics.






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