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29th January 2016 21:16:36 Hours

Major General Senanayake, New Jaffna Commander Assumes Office

Major General N.U.M.M.W Senanayake, the newly appointed, Commander, Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) on Thursday (28) assumed office amid blessings of major faiths and members of the Army.

Major General Senanayake, more popularly known as ‘Mahesh’ within the organization, prior to this new appointment served as the Military Secretary at the Army Headquarters.

On arrival at the SFHQ-J premises, he was greeted to a Guard Turnout and a Guard of Honour by Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) troops.

Amidst religious observances, Major General Senanayake signed an official document symbolizing the assumption of office.

Planting of a tree sapling and troops address culminated the day’s proceedings.

General Officers Commanding of 51 and 52 Divisions, senior officers and other ranks attended the events.

Here is the full profile of Major General Senanayake;

Maj Gen N U M M W Senanayake RWP RSP USP psc was enlisted to the Sri Lanka Army on 16 October 1981 into Officer Cadet Intake 16 (Long Course), and on successful completion of his training he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant and passed out as 1st in order of merit and won the sword of honour. Then he was posted to the 1 Plant Engineer Regiment on 23 June 1983.

He as a Senior Officer has held the appointment of Troop Commander/Squadron Commander in the Sri Lanka Army Plant Engineer Regiment and had also held appointments on extra regimental employment as Officer Instructor at the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa. Subsequently, he was volunteered for inter unit transfer to the Regiment of Special Forces in 1989. Maj Gen N U M M W Senanayake had actively participated in all the major military operations conducted in the North and East of Sri Lanka. In the Special Forces Regiment he has held the appointment of Squadron Commander of 1st Special Forces Regiment and commanded the 3rd Special Forces Regiment which introduced the LRRP/LRP concept to the Sri Lanka Army.

He also has held the appointment of Regimental Center Commandant of the Special Forces Regiment, Commander 211 Infantry Brigade (Vavuniya), Commander Special Forces Brigade and the General Officer Commanding 52 Division (Varani, Jaffna). He has also held the staff appointment of Colonel General Staff 52 Division and Brigadier General Staff of the Security Force Headquarters Jaffna during most difficult time of the war. Maj Gen N U M M W Senanayake has also held the appointment of Directing Staff at the Army Command and Staff College. Further, he was selected to hold the appointment of Director Plans, during the Humanitarian Operations at that critical hour of the history and later held the appointment of Military Secretary at Army Headquarters.

Maj Gen N U M M W Senanayake is a graduate of the prestigious United States Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. For his bravery acts in the operations, he has been awarded the Rana Wickrama Padakkama (RWP), Rana Soora Padakkama (RSP) many times and the Uththama Seva Padakkma (USP) for his unblemished service in the Army.

Maj Gen N U M M W Senanayake RWP RSP USP psc is presently serving as the Commander Security Force (Jaffna) and the Colonel of the Regiment of Special Forces. Maj Gen N U M M W Senanayake is married and blessed with two daughters and a son.