12th June 2019 15:21:06 Hours
The newly-appointed Director General General Staff (DGGS) Major General A.M.R Dharmasiri during a brief ceremony assumed office at the Army Headquarters this afternoon (12) amid religious blessings and a gathering of under command Directors and heads of units.
He succeeded Major General Niyshshanka Ranawana who retired from the Army. Major General A.M.R Dharmasiri was serving as the Deputy Commandant, DSCSC in Sapugaskanda before he was appointed to this new office.
The new DGGS afterwards signed a formal document and signified the acceptance of the new appointment soon after the symbolic oil lamp was lit by him.
All directors serving under the office of the DGGS were present at the auspicious inauguration of the new office.
Major General Dharmasiri to his credit has held many command and staff appointments in the Sri Lanka Army and Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, including the office of the Commanding Officer, Centre Commandant.
Enlisted to the Army in 1985, Major General Dharmasiri of the prestigious Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment has served a number of key appointments in the Army. He was the General Officer Commanding of 66 and 22 Infantry Divisions and the Commander for the 593 Brigade. He also served the UN Mission in Haiti as the contingent Commander of the 12 Battalion of Sri Lanka contingent in Haiti. His staff appointments covered the 51 Infantry Division, Directorate of Infantry and the office of the Centre Commandant of Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment. He has also served as the Senior Instructor at the Infantry Training Centre in Minneriya and later on as the Chief Instructor at the Combat Training School in Ampara.
He is a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College (ACSC), Sri Lanka and he holds a Diploma in Human Rights from Institute of Human Rights in Sri Lanka. In addition, he has attended numerous professional courses including Defence and Strategic Studies Course at College of Defence Studies in China, Unit Commanders Course at Infantry and Tactics School Quetta Pakistan, Junior Command and Staff Course at School of Infantry and Tactic in Bangladesh and Young Officers’ Course, Mhow India and Officers’ Weapon and Junior Officers Leadership Course in Pakistan.