Major General A P de Z Wickramaratne RWP ndu psc assumed duties today (Tuesday) as Commandant of Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force after formal military formalities being accomplished in keeping with military traditions at the Volunteer Force Headquarters premises at Kosgama.
The day’s proceedings scheduled in connection with the commencement of the Office as the Commandant began on his arrival to the venue. He was warmly received by Col T T P Silva Brigadier Admin. After reviewing the Guard Turnout, the Chief Guest was ushered to the saluting dais by Brigadier L F Kasthuriarachchi Deputy Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force. The Guard of Honour was accorded in his honour by the troops of Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment at the parade ground of the Volunteer Force where the Commandant took the Salute of the organization.
Invoking the blessings of the maha sangha, religious rites and rituals were accomplished in the Office of the Commandant. Amidst chanting of Seth Pirith by the maha sanga, Major General A P de Z Wickramaratne placed his signature on an official document, symbolizing the formal acceptance of the Office on his new appointment at the auspicious time.
Afterwards, the Commandant planted a sapling of a durian tree to signify his inauguration of the Office followed by the address of the troops and a tea attended by all invitees, Officers, Other Ranks and the troops.
A large gathering of Officers and soldiers who attended to congratulate the Commandant included Centre Commandant of Sri Lanka Army Pioneer Corps, Colonel Coordinating Officers, Chief Civil Coordinating Affairs Officers, Civil Affairs Officers, Liaison Officers of Security Force Headquarters and Commanding Officers along with the staff of HQ SLAVF.
The Commandant during his address extended his gratitude to all ranks for warm reception being accorded to him. He underscored that he looks forward to serve the Volunteer Force which has a proud history of 136 years and consisting of soldiers who enormously contributed in liberating the country from the cruel clutches of the terrorism as well as during the post war scenario. The Commandant in his address also emphasized two important priorities, viz, training of the troops to achieve excellence through professionalism and their contribution to assist the government authorities in maintaining essential services during the difficult hour of the country. The Commandant also did not forget to extend his honour to his predecessors, Fallen War Heroes and those wounded in action while appreciating their contribution along with the present day members including the civilian staff.
Formal military ceremonials of the day concluded with a brief interaction of the Commandant with all Officers present, at the Officers’ Mess followed by lunch.