Major General Jagath Gunawardena assumed office as the 55th Chief of Staff of the Army yesterday during a simple ceremony at his office in the Army Headquarters, amid religious observances, greetings and best wishes.
Major General Gunawardena was serving as the Commandant, Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) before he took over this appointment. He is also currently serving as the Colonel Commandant of Sri Lanka Engineers.
He was appointed following the retirement of Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage.
Major General Jagath Gunawardena is a graduate of Sri Lanka Army Command and Staff College (Course Number 2), and Command and Staff College, Quetta, Pakistan. He was the recipient of ‘Commandant's Golden Pen’ award for best research paper at the Army Command and Staff College in year 1999. The instructional appointments that the senior officer held during his career include Officer Instructor at the Sri Lanka Military Academy, Directing Staff at Defence Services Command and Staff College, Head of the Training Team at Army Wing at the Defence Services Command and Staff College.