Most Outstanding Airman 2009

Published on: 2010-12-10 19:32:52
Most Outstanding Airman 2009
15664 Flight Sergeant Dishantha WHK (Air Radio) of Sri Lanka Air Force Base Ratmalana  was rewarded as the Most Outstanding Airman in the SLAF for the year 2009 at the Astra Hall SLAF Base Katunayaka today (10th December 2010).

This concept is a Brain child of the Chief of Defence staff & Commander of the Air Force Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke. The most outstanding Airman or Air woman is awarded this prestigious accolade for an outstanding creation or invention during a period of twelve months

Based on the criteria established by the respective directorates, 05 finalists were nominated for consideration to be honoured for their outstanding performance and contribution to the development of the SLAF during 2009. The trades that have been earmarked for recognition are Aeronautical Engineering, General Engineering, Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, Civil engineering, Logistics, Administration, Health & Dental services, Ground Operations.

Furthermore, the best tradesman amongst the supporting trades and the best research team were also in recognition of their invaluable service for the continuance and the betterment of the organisation.

The servicemen belongs to Air Operations, Fire fighting, Physical training instructors, Air dog handlers, Information Technology technicians, Air Force Police, Musicians and Agricultural trades were reviewed for the best airman in Supporting trades where 31321 Flight Sergeant Wijesinghe ASS (Agricultural) awarded.

Out of the many submissions that came through, 10 projects were short listed by a committee headed by the Director of Inspections and Safety in order to award the best research team. These 10 projects came up for review by the final selection board comprising of the Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff and the Director Planning where 3 projects were earmarked as the finalists for the award the projects are as follows:

No. 09 Attack Helicopter Squadron for establishing a Compact Multi Purpose Advanced Stabilise System (COMPASS) (Hot Mock Up) Test facility.

No 10 Fighter Jet Squadron placed second for manufacturing of a Constant Speed Drive test bench.

No 32 Land Based Air Defence Wing was placed third for integration of Surface to Air Missiles to the radar unit of the  – L 70  weapon system to uplift the night firing capability of SAM

The Chief of Defence Staff and the Commander of the Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke graced the occasion as the chief guest and Chief of Staff Air Vice Marshal PB Premachandra, Deputy Chief Of Staff Air Vice Marshal HD Abeywickrama, Director Health Services Air Vice Marshal NH Gunaratne, Base Commander Katunayaka Air Commodore CR Gurusinghe, Chairman Organising Committee and the Deputy Director Aeronautical Engineering Air Commodore LHA Silva were also amongst the distinguished invitees.

And also the senior most airman and woman of the Air Force, Master Warrant Officer Jayasundara and Warrant Officer Nilanthi.

Following airmen were awarded as the best airman of the respective branches.

Ground operations
1495    Sgt Werake MMRUJ

Medical and dental services
13616 WO WBAS Rodrigo

12031  MWO SMA Pushpakumara

13222 WO A Hewawitharane

Civil Engineering
14787 F/Sgt Ekanayaka EMAB

Elec &Telecom Engineering
15664 F/Sgt Dishantha WHK

General Engineering
7251 MWO BDWD Samaranayake

Aeronautical Engineering
14723 F/Sgt Achinthaka JND   

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