The Graduation Ceremony of No 53 Junior Command and Staff Course was held at the Astra Hall at Sri Lanka Air Force Academy China Bay on 07 April 2017.
Director Air Operations of Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Vice Marshal SK Pathirana graced the ceremony as the chief guest.
The Commandant of the SLAF Academy China Bay Air Vice Marshal PDKT Jayasinghe, Bangladesh Defence Attaché and delegates from SL Army and the Navy participated in the event as distinguished guests.
The ceremony marked the end of the 14-week Course attended by a total of 22 officers in the ranks of Squadron Leader and Flight Lieutenant from the Sri Lanka Air Force, 2 officers in the rank of Lieutenant Commander from Sri Lanka Navy, 1 officer in the rank of Major from the Sri Lanka Army, one officer from the Bangladesh Air Force and one officer from the Maldives National Defence Force.
The Junior Command and Staff Course is accredited by the Kothalawala Defence University and the Officers who fulfil the required criteria will be awarded with a Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Management.
The following officers received special awards at the Graduation Ceremony.
Best All Round Officer Sqn Ldr TDE Kodithuwakku (GD/P)
Non SLAF Best All Round Officer Sqn Ldr MD Sirazul Islam (GD/P-BAF)
Best Book Review Sqn Ldr HRVM Senanayake (Log)
Best Sportsman Sqn Ldr R Bastian(Ad/Regt) Excellence in Management Studies & Best in Public Speaking Sqn Ldr WRD Jayawardhana (Ops Air)
Best in Academics Sqn Ldr MD Sirazul Islam (GD/P-BAF)