The first Logistic Staff Course (Lsc) at the Army’s School of Logistics at Trincomalee commenced on Thursday (23) during a formal ceremony, graced by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake as the Chief Guest.
Earlier officers had to undergo training in Lsc at overseas Army training establishments, but such openings remained limited in those foreign allocations, although this course is of much military significance and relevance to the Army career. Religious observances blessed the inauguration at the beginning of the proceedings.
Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, delivering the inaugural address to the course attendees highlighted the importance of following this course. ‘Commencement of this advanced course on Logistics was made possible after this first school of Logistics was founded in 2011, thanks to initiatives taken by the former Commander of the Army. This school unifies all training programmes on Logistics, being pursued at Panagoda and elsewhere. This seven-month long Lsc will shortly attract foreign students who are prepared to follow the course. Lsc no doubt will broaden your horizons with newly accumulated knowledge in this field, ’ the Commander said.
He also told the gathering that officers from support arms and infantry regiments will also be absorbed into the Course shortly after facilities are expanded. Those who successfully complete the course are entitled to use the Lsc title, he added.
Later on, the Commander was invited to declare open a new building for lectures and several common syndicate rooms where course work can be conducted.
Before his departure from the location, the Commander was invited to share a couple of thoughts with university entrants, attending the ‘Leadership Training Programme’ at the same location under the government’s ongoing programme for university students across the island.
Lieutenant General Ratnayake during his stay there planted a tree sapling in the compound and sat with officers following the Lsc for a group photo, adding memories to the occasion.
A drive past Guard Turn Out saluted the Commander of the Army on arrival at the Army School of Logistics after he was welcomed by Brigadier H.P Mihindu Kulasuriya, Commandant, Army School of Logistics.
Logistic courses in the Army cover a wide range of general staff duties, roles and tasks, rules and conventions of communication both verbal and written, principles of administration, functions of logistics at regiment levels, log operations and several other areas of study.
A group of senior officers were also present during these events.