Major General Senarath Bandara assumed duties as the Commander Security Forces – Jaffna yesterday (09). He takes over from Major General Ruwan Wanigasooriya who retired from the Army this week.
A Guard of Honour was extended to the incoming Commander by the troops of the 12th Battalion the Gamunu Watch on arrival at the Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna. General Officers Commanding 51, 52 and 55 Divisions, All Brigade Commanders and Senior Staff Officers of Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna were present during the ceremony.
Bandara is a product of Vidyartha College Kandy and he joined the Regular Force of Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet in 1986 successfully completing the Basic Military Course at Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa. In 1986 he was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant and was posted to the Gemunu Watch regiment.
As a highly decorated infantry officer, he is the recipient of the ‘Rana Wickrama Paddakkama’, ‘Rana Shura Paddakkama’ and the ‘Desha Putra Sammanaya’ in recognition of the gallantry, invaluable and selfless dedication excelled in face of enemy in battlefield. He has served in many command and staff appointments including Commanding Officer 5th Gemunu Watch, Commanding Officer Infantry Training Centre, Colonel General Staff 57 Division, Commander 572 Offensive Brigade during the peak of Humanitarian Operations, Commander 111 Brigade, Director Independent Directorate at Army Headquarters, General Officer Commanding 61 Infantry Division and 54 Infantry Division. Before being appointed to his present appointment he was serving as the Commander Security Forces – East.