17th November 2017 19:40:27 Hours
Sri Lanka Army Military Intelligence Corps (MIC) Regimental Headquarters at Karandeniya on Friday (17) extended a red carpet welcome to the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake who was making his first formal visit to the MIC Headquarters after he assumed office.
Major General Rukmal Dias, Colonel Commandant, MIC who is also the Commander, Security Forces - Central (SF-C) welcomed the visiting Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army before he was invited to review the Guard Turnout, presented in his honour.
A few minutes later, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, walked to the nearby MIC War Hero memorial and saluted their memory after placing a floral wreath.
A Guard of Honour, presented by MIC troops in the parade ground after a while saluted the day’s Chief Guest, Lieutenant General Senanayake who reviewed it in accordance with military formalities before his return to the dais to receive the honours.
Lieutenant General Senanayake addressed the troops from the same venue and urged the troops to perform their duties with commitment and enthusiasm as members of a proud Regiment.
He also reminded the gathering that the forthcoming year 2018 has been dedicated thematically to be the ‘Rata Rakina Jathiya - Sri Lanka Army’ since the country is set to forge ahead in a new era of reconciliation and prosperity. He also spelt out how the future Army should continue as defenders of the nation.
Soon after a brief address to the occasion, the Commander of the Army, together with Major General Rukmal Dias and a few Officers went to see the construction site of the new Military Intelligence Training School (MITS) inside the Regimental Headquarters. He closely looked at an architectural model on display and inquired into different aspects of the construction.
Towards the culmination of the day’s programme, Major General Rukmal Dias, Colonel Commandant, MIC in appreciation of Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake’s visit to the Regimental Headquarters presented a memento to him and thanked him.
Before he left the MIC Headquarters, the Commander left a couple of his thoughts in the MIC Visitors’ Book and sat for a group photograph. He also shared views with All Ranks during refreshments.
MIC in the Army, which has hitherto performed a commendable service to the country, particularly when the country is faced with different threats, came into being as an organized regiment, a few years ago. However, its origins took root in 1981 following emergence of separatist threats.