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Army chief hails his role

2013 Jul 18

Outgoing Army Commander General Jagath Jayasuriya says he transformed the wartime Army to be that of a peacetime one and bringing it on par with the best in the world.

Speaking to trrops at the Security Force Headquarters -Central (SFHQ-C) at Diyatalawa Jayasuriya said that tremendous efforts were made to bring back the professional standards of the Army, similar to the times of the 1970s after making most necessary structural changes to the organization.

“The Army was brought back to its old professional standards on par with international standards during my office after the war. Restoring professionalism in the Army to match with international standards, the Army during my tenure was transformed to go hand in hand with national commitments in a very smooth manner,” Jayasuriya, who replaced Sarath Fonseka as army chief, said.

He said that unlike any other army, engaged in a long-drawn battle with bitter experiences, the Sri Lanka army was able to face national requirements, overcoming all challenges.

The Commander further stated that once he takes over as the Chief of Defence Staff, he will be in constant touch as to find how more and more projects are being implemented in the Army.

As a piece of advice, the Commander wanted Officer Cadets to prioritize the country before  his or her own self in all assignments they undertake. (Colombo Gazette)

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