03rd April 2018 16:19:21 Hours
Sergeant Major Anthony Spadaro, the Command Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) for US Pacific Command (PACOM), together with Sergeant First Class Kevin Sanetiez, Operations Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs), Master Sergeant Rachel Lackey, PACOM (SEL) Aide, Petty Officer First Class Eseosa Osemwota, Operations Coordinator and Ms Karin Gleisnar, Deputy Defence Attaché of the US Embassy this morning (3) paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake at the Army Headquarters with a view to further strengthening understanding of military perspectives and career development prospects in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.
The opportunity also enabled the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army Headquarters Warrant Officer - I Sumith Wijesinghe to meet with his visiting counterpart in the US delegation and exchange a few thoughts about the role of the Regimental Sergeant Major at the Sri Lanka Army Headquarters.
During the discussions that followed, the US delegation wanted to learn how the career development of the NCOs of the Sri Lanka Army is pursued and training programmes are applied to them with special focus on operations, security perspectives and the progress of enlisted developments. They also drawing parallels between the US Army and the Sri Lanka Army, exchanged views on different modules and their application.
The meeting, organized at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence also touched upon possibilities for further expansion of security cooperation, future operations and enhancement of career development prospects.
At the end of the cordial meeting, the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake extending warm greetings to them, presented mementoes to the visiting Sergeant Major Anthony Spadaro, the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for US Pacific Command and the delegation.
Major General Aruna Wanniarachchi, Director Training was also associated with the meet at the Commander's Office.
Sergeant Major Anthony Spadaro, the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for US PACOM is responsible for provision of enlisted perspectives on theater security cooperation, encouragement of peaceful development, response to contingencies and promotion of career development procedures.
During their stay here in Sri Lanka, the delegation is scheduled to meet the Chief of Defence Satff, Commander of the Navy and the Commander of the Air Force.