new commandant1Major General K A D A Karunasekara RWP RSP VSV USP ndu psc

Major General KADA Karunasekara RWP RSP VSV USP ndu psc, who is popularly known as “Amal Karunasekara” is the Fifteenth Colonel of the Regiment in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment and also Fifth Commandant of Defence Services Command and Staff College.

Having joined as an Officer Cadet in the year 1981, and after the completion of his initial Officer Cadet training in the prestigious Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyathalawa, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army in 1984.

Being a professional military officer with an excellent record of conduct and an outstanding career record spanning of more than 35 years as of today, Major General KADA Karunasekara has followed numerous local and overseas courses in various fields of studies to uplift his knowledge and continuous professional advancement. Among them are in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, United States of America and United Kingdom. To his credit, he has received a Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras, India and also a Master of Science Degree in Defence Management from the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka.
He is a Double Staff Qualified Military Officer at Defence Services Command and Staff Collage (DSCSC), Batalanda, Sri Lanka and Defense Services Command and Staff College, Wellington, India.

In his extended military career, he has served in many Command, Instructional and Staff appointments from elementary level up to the higher level to date. Among the key appointments that he held were Director Military Intelligence, Director Infantry, Master General of Master General Ordnance Branch (MGO Br) and Military Secretary of Military Secretary's Branch in the Sri Lanka Army.

He has the honour of being the Commander of first-ever Sri Lankan contingent of troops for the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations that was sent to Haiti in 2004. He had also commanded an infantry Battalion and an infantry Brigade in number of military operations conducted against LTTE terrorists. Prior to his latest appointment being the Commandant of Defence Services Command and Staff College, in addition to the Colonel of the Regiment Sri Lanka Light Infantry, he was commanding the 53 Division of the Sri Lanka Army. He was also an Officer Instructor at the Sri Lanka Military Academy and also Directing Staff at the prestigious Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC).

His exceptionally unique performances in daunting operations in defence of the country have been well-recognized as a battlefield commander and so, decorated with Rana Wickrama Padakkama (RWP) and Rana Soora Padakkama (RSP) for gallantry. He is also a recipient of Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya (VSV) and Uttama Seva Padakkama (USP) for his distinguished service.

Major General KADA Karunasekara is a product of Nalanda Collage where he was a senior Cadet in the School cadet platoon. He is married to Dananjanie and blessed with one daughter.

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