Thursday - 21 October, 2021

Commanding Officer

Commanding Officer

Group captain MCM Fernando
USP, MSc in Mgt, MSc in Def & Str Std, PGDip in Def Mgt, PGDip HRM, BSc(Def Std) in Aero Eng

Group Captain Chrishantha Fernando joined the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) in 06th October 1996 through General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. He graduated with Bachelors Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and was commissioned as Flying Officer in the Technical Engineering Branch in 1999.

He served as an Engineering Officer in No 1 flying Training Wing SLAF Base Anuradhapura, Motor Transport Officer SLAF Base Chinabay. Deputy Officer Commanding Maintenance No 14 Advance Flying Squadron SLAF Base Katunayaka, Officer Commanding Technical Services SLAF Academy Chinabay, Officer Commanding Maintenance No 12 Fighter Squadron SLAF Base Katunayaka, Staff Officer II at Directorate of Aeronautical Engineering, Examination Manager Helitours Technical Training Centre SLAF Ekala and Directing Staff at Defence Services Command and Staff College Sapugaskanda before taking duties as Commanding Officer Junior Command and Staff College SLAF Academy Chinabay.

He completed the Junior Commander’s Course No 23 at the Junior Command and Staff College at SLAF China Bay, earning the Golden Pen for the Best Commandant’s Research paper, Best all round Sportsman and second in the order of Merit of course No 23. He thus earned the opportunity to proceed to the Command and Staff Training Institute Bangladesh Air Force to complete the 75 Junior Commanders Course. Squadron Leader MCM Fernando completed Defence Services Command and Staff College Course (DSCSC) No 7 in 2013 and obtained passed staff college and Master of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies.

Further he has completed Master of Science (Defence Studies) in Management, Master of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies from General sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Postgraduate Diploma in Defence Management from University of Kelaniya and Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from University of Colombo.

He followed K8 aircraft maintenance course in China, Advance Aeronautical Engineer’s course at Air Force Technical College India, Quality Assurance course and Material Failure Analysis course in Pakistan Air Force.

He is a keen sportsman who represented Sri Lanka Junior volleyball team in 1994 and Sri Lanka Air Force in Volleyball, Basketball and Athletic. Further he was awarded SLAF colours for Volleyball and Basketball. He served as Secretary in SLAF Volleyball from 2014 to 2019 and managed to win many national and Defence services championships to SLAF. He was the Executive Committee Member in Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation from 2016 to 2019 and Vice President of Sri Lanka Beach Volleyball Association from 2019 to 2019.

During his career, Group Captain Chrishantha Fernando has been awarded with the Uttama Seva Padakkama (USP) for unblemished conduct.

Group Captain MCM Fernando is married to Danusha and is the proud father of two daughters, Dinuli and Minuli.