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The three-day long ‘Refresher Training Workshop for Brigade Commanders’ as part of the ‘Formulation of Way Forward Strategy for Sri Lanka Army 2020 - 2025’, conceptualized by Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army and Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), was inaugurated this morning (24) at the Army Headquarters at Sri Jayawardenepura.

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as the Chief Guest delivered the opening address and placed an ocean of thought-provoking pieces of advice before a gathering of more than 73 Brigadiers. The workshop aims to upgrade knowledge and understanding of the operational and administrative process of the Army Headquarters for better streamlining the command and staff capabilities of Brigade Commanders.

Dr Udaya Indrarathna, a reputed Sri Lankan Strategist and Executive Coach for CEOs and Aspiring CEOs for the third time leads the sessions, providing an impetus to the discussions on ‘Formulation of Way Forward Strategy for Sri Lanka Army 2020 - 2025’ amid modernization in the defence spectrum as well as multiple and complex global threat landscapes. Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva in his address at first paid a glowing tribute to the disciplined people of the country, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister and the Government of Sri Lanka for their right decision in right time to prevent the COVID -19 transmission and praised Hon Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi and her team who tirelessly attended to the prevention of its spread. All Ranks in the Army as well as our two sister services immensely contributed to this task day and night.

“When those responsibilities of COVID -19 control were entrusted to the armed forces, many were doubtful and looked at it in a different way. But we with our sister services proved that we are capable of performing that task too, thanks to the support specially given by Media by conveying the right message to the people of this country.”

“President being an ex-Army Officer who had served the Nation with valour and also the present Secretary Defence who had been in the battlefield have kept utmost trust on the
Security Forces, specially on the Sri Lanka Army. President and Defence Secretary are not only ex-Army Officers but also they are great leaders, commanders, officers and thorough gentlemen, who have fought in the fields and proved their leadership. They are helping at every possible level to improve this organization, which we need to achieve. Therefore the gigantic tasks in rebuilding the nation are on our shoulders and it is a must that we render our service to this nation with all our might.”

“We are the largest organization with the most prominent human capital; therein effective management of such a volume to reap maximum benefits over the operational and administrative functions is a daunting task.”

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