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* Major changes in Sri Lanka Army ranks
Sat, Jul 18, 2009, 11:40 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 18, Colombo: Newly appointed Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasooriya has made several changes in the top positions of the Sri Lanka Army with immediate effect.

According to the Sri Lanka Army 26 officials, comprising seven Major Generals, 11 Brigadiers, and eight Colonels have been given duty promotions under the recommendation of the new Army Chief.

Among those officials are few officers who made valiant sacrifices and led their troops during the final battle with the LTTE in the North.

According to military sources, Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Mendaka Samarasinghe has been appointed as the Chief-of-Staff of the Army, effective Monday, July 20th.

Commander of the Army's 58 Division Brigadier Shavendra Silva has been appointed as the Director Operations of the Army Headquarters while the Commander of 59 Division Major General Kamal Gunarathna is to take the post of Security Forces Commander Wanni, the old post of the new Army Chief.

Brigadier Chagee Gallage is to assume duties as the General Officer Command (GOC) of the 53 Division. Major General Jammika Liyanage is appointed as the Commanding Officer of the Volunteer Force while Major General. G. P. R. Silva has been appointed as the as Jaffna Security Forces Commander.

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