13th August 2020 10:01:18 Hours
Major General Sampth Kotuwegoda, the newly- appointed Commander Security Forces-Kilinochchi on Tuesday (11) was hosted to military honours when he made his first formal visit to his mother regiment, 8 Sri Lanka Artillery Regiment (Medium) HQ in Kilinochchi which he commanded during high intense battles during the Humanitarian Operation from 06 March 2007 to 31 December 2007 and also to the Armour Coordinating Headquarters in Kilinochchi.
On arrival at 8 Sri Lanka Artillery (SLA) camp, he was received by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel W.S.A.B Dharamarathne and was honoured in a formal Guard Turnout at the entrance before he was invited to review the Guard of Honour, presented on his behalf.
Afterwards, the Commander Security Forces Killinochchi, addressed the troops and received a brief presentation on the present role and tasks and responsibilities, deployment of troops and other details pertaining to the Regiment from the Commanding Officer. The day's Chief Guest also had a look around the camp premises and visited other storages and so on. Subsequently, he posed for a group photograph with the troops.
Next, Major General Sampath Kotuwegoda visited the Armor Coordinating Headquarters where he was warmly welcomed by the Officer Commanding, Major T.M.N.B Abeyrathna. Later, the Commander paid his thorough attention to a comprehensive briefing, presented by the Officer Commanding on operational and administrative tasks of the Squadron. Finally, he visited the camp premises and inspected armoured tanks and then wound up the day’s visit.
During the camp visits, Commander Security Force Kilinochchi planted saplings as symbols of memory and signed visitors’ books to mark his visits. Brigadier Admin and Quartering and Colonel General Staff of the Security Force Headquarters Kilinochchi also participated in the visits.