Sri Lanka Army

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12th June 2023 19:08:50 Hours

New Deputy Chief of Staff Begins His Office at Army HQ

Major General W.A.S.S Wanasinghe RSP VSV USP ndu of the Sri Lanka Artillery, the newly-appointed Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS), 3rd most senior appointment of the Sri Lanka Army assumed office on Thursday (June 08) at the Army HQ during a simple ceremony.

As Buddhist monks began chanting ‘Seth Pirith’, Major General W.A.S.S Wanasinghe RSP VSV USP ndu signed an official document symbolizing the acceptance of the new office. Later on, he offered ‘Pirikara’ and ‘Gilanpasa’ to the monks and received spiritual blessings.

Prior to this new appointment, Major General W.A.S.S Wanasinghe RSP VSV USP ndu has been serving as the Commandant, Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force Headquarters at Kosgama.

Senior Officers, Staff Officers at the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) and Other Ranks joined the occasion.

Here is a brief profile of Major General W.A.S.S Wanasinghe RSP VSV USP ndu;

Born on 13th October 1968, he is a proud product of Ananda College. During his schooling, he excelled in studies and athletics earning honour and fame of his Alma Mater.

He joined the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet on 16th March 1987 under Intake 27. Upon successful completion of the basic military training at the Sri Lanka Army Military Academy under, Diyatalawa, he was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant and was posted to the Sri Lanka Artillery (SLA) which is an elegant Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army in 10 December 1988. He assumed duties and responsibilities as the Troop Commander of the 4th Sri Lanka Artillery (SLA) Regiment on 11th December 1988.

In one of the most rare instances in the Sri Lankan military history, Major General W.A.S.S Wanasinghe RSP VSV USP ndu is perhaps the only Officer to have received the commissioning sword from his own father, Lieutenant General Hamilton Wanasinghe (Retd) VSV USP ndu who was the then Commander of the Army at the time the new Deputy Chief of Staff passed out from the Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA) as a Second Lieutenant in a formal ceremony, back in the year 1988.

Throughout his military career, he has served in Command, Staff, and Instructional appointments exemplifying his extraordinary capacities in respective appointments in the Sri Lanka Army. He intensively pledged exceptional dedication over his assignments of combat duties during the humanitarian operation in the North and East of the country for over 22 years before May 2009.

His appointments include Troop Commander of 4 SLA, Adjutant of Marksmanship and Sniper Training School (MSTS), General Staff Officer 3 (Operations) and Brigade Major of 26 Brigade, Officer Commanding of Sri Lanka Telecom Detachment, Staff Officer 2 (Admin) of Directorate of Army Medical Services, Army Headquarters, Second-in-Command of 14 SLA, Officiating General Staff Officer 1 (Coordinating) of 21 Infantry Division, Commanding Officer of MSTS, Colonel General Staff of 59 Infantry Division, Commander of 682 Infantry Brigade, Commander of 144 Infantry Brigade, Director (Administration) of Teaching Hospital Kotelawala Defence University, Director and Director General of Directorate of Overseas Operations, Army Headquarters, General Officer Commanding of 61 Infantry Division, Adjutant General of Sri Lanka Army, Army Headquarters, Commander Security Forces - Mullaitivu, Colonel Commandant of SLA and Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force prior to his assumption as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army.

Major General W.A.S.S Wanasinghe RSP VSV USP ndu had the opportunity of participating in military training programmes, such as Basic Marksmanship Course, Unit Coach Course and Long Sniper Course at MSTS in Sri Lanka, Sandhurst Military Course (1989) in United Kingdom, Artillery Young Officers’ Course (1991) in Pakistan, Officers Physical Training Instructor Course (1995) in India, Artillery Mid Career Course (2006) in Pakistan, Sniper Training Course (2008) in Bangladesh, Artillery Battalion Commander Course (2011) in China, Course on Armed Conflict Reduction in Peacekeeping Operations in Turkey and Defence and Strategic Studies Course (2018) in China in order to gather an array of foreign experiences.

He is also an alumnus of the National Defence University of Beijing in China, where he earned his Master of Science in Strategic Military Studies.

The senior officer has been adorned with gallantry awards of Rana Sura Padakkama (RSP) for his distinguished conduct in the face of the enemy. He was also decorated with Vishista Seva Vibushanaya (VSV) and Utthama Seva Padakkama (USP) for his unblemished record of service. He is a recipient of Campaign Medals of East Humanitarian Operation Medal, North Humanitarian Operation Medal, Purna Bhumi Padakkama, North and East Operations Medal, and Riviresa Campaign Service Medal. Further, he received 50th Independence Anniversary Medal in 1998, Sri Lanka Army 50th Anniversary Medal in 1999, 75th Independence Day Commemoration Medal in 2023, Sri Lanka Armed Services Long Service Medal, Sewabhimani Medal, and Service Medal in recognition of his distinguished service to the organization.

At present, the Senior Officer is performing duties in addition as the Colonel Commandant of the Sri Lanka Artillery Regiment.

Major General W.A.S.S Wanasinghe RSP VSV USP ndu is married to Mrs Chama Wanasinghe and blessed with one son.