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SRI LANKA AIR FORCE
GUARDIANS OF THE SKIES
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Director Welfare
Air Vice Marshal MDAP Payoe
RWP, RSP, USP, MSc (NSWS - Pak), ndc (Pak), psc

Born in Bandarawela in the Uva Province in 1967, Air Vice Marshal MDAP Payoe had his education at St.Thomas College, Bandarawela. He joined the Sri Lanka Air Force as an Officer Cadet in the General Duties Pilot Branch in 1985. Having undergone his Basic Combat Training at the Combat Training School in Diyatalawa and Basic Flying Training at Air Force Academy China Bay, and having performed with distinction, he proceeded to Pakistan for further flying training.  Having graduated as a military pilot in Pakistan in 1988 he was commissioned in the rank of Pilot Officer and was initially posted to No. 4 Helicopter Squadron. Since then, in the capacity of an operational helicopter pilot, he took part in almost every major operation conducted during the terrorist conflict in the Island. Air Vice Marshal Payoe, at the same time steadily achieved the professional milestones in his career and went onto captain a number of types of rotor wing aircraft.

He was trained on the Cessna 150 and the Chipmunk in Sri Lanka and Mushak MFI 17 and T 37 aircraft in Pakistan. After returning to Sri Lanka he became qualified on Bell 206, Bell 212, Bell 412 and Mi 24 helicopters. He has 7200 flying hours to his credit after having engaged in VIP, VVIP, combat and search & rescue missions. He commanded No. 7 Squadron and No. 9 Attack Helicopter Squadron at SLAF Base Hingurakgoda before being appointed as the Commanding Officer of SLAF Station Katukurunda in 2004. From 2005 to 2008 he commanded No 4 VVIP Squadron at SLAF Base Katunayake. After completion of the Staff Course he was appointed as the Base Commander of SLAF Base Vavuniya He was then appointed as the Chief Instructor of the Air Wing at Defence Services Command and Staff College Sapugaskanda. Air Vice Marshal Payoe attained a notable feat in his career when he was entrusted with the prestigious appointment of the Sri Lankan Defence Attaché to the Russia Federation in 2010. Having served a successful tenure in Moscow Russia, he was again assigned to the Defence Services Command and Staff College as the Chief Instructor of the Air Wing from 1st August 2012 before being appointed the Base Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Base Vavuniya for the second time. Air Vice Marshal Payoe also commanded SLAF Station Colombo as the Commanding Officer and SLAF Base Katunayake as the Base Commander before being appointed as the Director Training.

He has followed a number of overseas training courses including Junior Command and Staff Course in India, Flight Safety Course in Pakistan, Higher Defence Orientation Course in India, Aircraft Accident Investigation Course in Pakistan and Search and Rescue Administration Course in Singapore. He has attended a number of conferences and combined exercises in Japan, Thailand, Russia, Alaska and Guam representing the SLAF. He is a proud product of Defence Services Command and Staff College Sapugaskanda, Sri Lanka and graduate of the National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan in National Security and War Seminar. For his bravery he has been awarded with the Rana Wickrama Padakkama and Rana Sura Paddakkama.

Presently, he serves in the capacity of Director Training of the Sri Lanka Air Force. In addition to that he holds the appointment of Chairman of Sri Lanka Air Force Athletic Association. He is married and blessed with 2 daughters.
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