17th December 2018 13:17:22 Hours
The inauguration of the Buttala Officer Career Development Centre (OCDC) Seminar on the theme, ‘Contemporary Strategic Environment in the Region and the Role of Military Commanders’ took place this morning (17) during a simple ceremony headed by Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army as the Chief Guest.
The traditional oil lamp lighting paved the way for the OCDC Commandant, Brigadier Chandana Gunawardana to deliver his welcome speech.
Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake afterwards delivered the keynote address, laying a solid platform to unfold Seminar sessions on the relevant sub themes inclusive of ‘Dynamics of Strategic Environment in IOR’, ‘Implications of Strategic Environment on National Context’, ‘Role of Military in Domestic Environment’, ‘Transformation of a Military Commander’ and ‘Ideal Command Model to Suit the Contemporary Strategic Environment’.
Sixty Senior Officers of the Sri Lanka Army in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and Major are attending the Seminar 2/2018, being held for the 12th consecutive time at Buttala.
Senior lecturers of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Professor Amal Jayawardane, Department of Strategic Studies, Ms Yasoja Gunasekera, Senior Director General (SAARC) - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Major General Aruna Jayasekara, Commander, Security Forces - East, Brigadier I.H.M.N.N Herath and Brigadier M.D.U.V Gunatilleka attended the day’s academic sessions.
During 17-18 December, the five sessions of the Seminar will follow interactive question and answer sessions, allowing the participants to share their views with experts.
OCDC added memories to the Commander’s visit to the OCDC by presenting him with a special portrait. Brigadier Chandana Gunawardena, OCDC, Commandant made the symbolic gesture of awarding the portrait.
To coincide with the Seminar 2/2018, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake Commander of the Army ceremonially opened the newly constructed academic building ‘Academic Nexus’ and a new residential block in the premises, supplementing the academy with all facilities. (see separate story)
Major General Dampath Fernando, Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, Major General Ajith Kariyakarawana, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army a few Senior Officers also participated in the Seminar and the opening ceremony.