On the morning of the first working day of the year 2018, the Commander of the Air Force, extending his wishes for the new year to all officers, other ranks and civilian staff of the Air Force, stated that the Air Force welcomes the year 2018 as one in which it will be able to proudly stand for the independence and territorial integrity of the nation while contributing actively to the sustainable development of Sri Lanka.
The proceeding, which were streamed live to all stations of the SLAF, commenced with the hoisting of the national flag and the recitation of oath/affirmation of the public service. The Air Force Board of Management, Officers, other ranks and civilian staff of AFHQ and Station Colombo were present at the Air Force Headquarters compound this morning, 2 January 2018.
Recalling that the SLAF was embarking on its 67th year, strengthened by the experiences and responsibilities of 2017. He expressed his confidence that the measures and projects undertaken during the year past, had resulted in a marked improvement in the Air Force its personnel. He recalled the many projects undertaken and completed to ensure the availability of basic requirements, and to improve the welfare and recreational facilities of the SLAF and stated that the success of these projects was a victory for all concerned.
He gave his assurance that 2018 would see the SLAF fulfilling its commitments towards national security and its responsibilities not only in Sri Lanka but beyond its shores, in the United Nations deployments as well. He said that the SLAF would also lend its full support to the endeavour of the state to achieve sustainable agricultural development in the Island.
He also assured all that he would continue to take measures to ensure the wellbeing of all members of the Air Force Family
A multi religious ceremony was also held at the AFHQ Lobby to invoke blessings on the SLAF and its personnel.