COLONEL W P R WIJERATHNA
Colonel Wijalath Pathirannahalage Rohitha Wijerathna was appointed as Recruiting Officer of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force effective from 11th August 2016.
He was enlisted to the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force on 26 January 1987 under the Officer Cadet Intake 6 Upon successful completion of Basic Military Training at SLMA – DLA , he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 27 May 1987 and posted to 2(V) Sri Lanka Light Infantry. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1990, Captain in 1992, Major in 1996, Lieutenant Colonel in 2006 and Colonel on 20 October 2014. Colonel WPR Wijerathna who counts over 29 Years of distinguished service in the Army in operational and non operational duties has served in a number of staff appointments in his Army career and gained wide – ranging experience in various command, Staff and Instructional appointments. He had commanded 2nd Battalion of Sri Lanka Light Infantry more than 4 years and afterwards he performed duties as Civil Affairs Officer, Asst Col Coord & Col Coord.
He has actively contributed in Counter Insurgency Operations against the LTTE. discharging his duties in safeguarding the country. This Senior Officer was also awarded East Humanitarian Operation Medal, North Humanitarian Operation Medal, Purna Bhumi Padakkama, North and East Operations Medal, 50th Independence Anniversary Medal, Sri Lanaka Army 50th Anniversary Medal and Sri Lanka Armed Services Long Services Medal in appreciation of the service he extended to the Sri Lanka Army during his career spanning over 28 years.
To his credit , he has attended a lot of local courses of professional value including Young Officer Course, SSG Course, Combat Leadership Course, Second in Command Course and Junior Command Course.
Colonel WPR Wijerathna is an old boy of Harischandra National Collage – Negambo and was a very good athlete. He is married with Mrs Preethi Kelum Wijerathna and blessed with two daughters.