5:50pm on Saturday 16th March 2024
The Sri Lanka Air Force Excellence Awards 2023 was held at the Eagles’ Lagoon View Banquet Hall, Katunayake today (15 March 2024) under the patronage of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa. Outstanding performances of the Airmen and Airwomen within the Air Force were recognized and appreciated in order to motivate them to strive for continued excellence through dedication.

The ceremony commenced with the customary illumination of the oil lamp as well as the observation of two minutes of silence. The SLAF Dancing Troupe presented a variety of cultural acts at the event. The Commander and other dignitaries were welcomed by the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Air Vice Marshal Deshapriya Silva. The Commander addressed the audience after the trophies were awarded, praising the value that everyone who was honoured during the ceremony had contributed to the SLAF and inspiring all Airmen and Airwomen to continue striving for excellence in the years to come.

Based on criteria established by respective directorates, finalists were nominated for consideration and further selection was done by an independent panel that was appointed by the Commander of the Air Force, to honour them as outstanding performers in each trade and for their contribution to the development of the SLAF during the year 2023. Accordingly, the candidates who obtain the highest points from the selection process are awarded the "Most Outstanding Airman and Airwoman" trophies with attractive cash rewards.

This year, Flight Sergeant Kumara AMDSR (Operations Ground Special) and Corporal Ramanayake SMSEI (Operations Ground I) were named the Most Outstanding Airman and Airwoman for the Year 2023.

The team from the Air Defence Radar Squadron from SLAF Station Mirigama won the "Best Research Team" award this year having obtained the highest points during the selection process. The team won this award for its research on "Acquiring of real time Radar Data of INDRA MK II Radar in SLAF to main Air Defence Operations Centre”.

The award for the Best Quality Control Circle (QCC) was yet again won by the QCC titled "Centurian" forwarded by the No.01 Information Technology Wing at SLAF Base Ratmalana. This year, the award for the Best Environment Management Project for the year 2023 was secured by Sri Lanka Air Force Base Vavuniya.

The event was attended by the Chief of Staff, members of the Air Force Board of Management, senior officers of the SLAF, officers, other ranks and their beloved family members.
Best Air Operations Tradesman
Coporal Ariyathilaka SM
Best Ground Operations Tradesman
Flight Sergeant Kumara AMDS
Best Ground Operations Tradeswoman
Coropral Ramanayake SMSEI
Best Aeronautical Engineering Tradesman 
Sergeant Bandara RAS  
Best Aeronautical Engineering Tradeswoman 
Sergeant Weerasinghe WADCV
Best General Engineering Tradesman
Warrant Officer DHI Nishantha
Best Electronics & Computer Engineering Tradesman 
Corporal Abeysinghe HALP
Best Electronics & Computer Engineering Tradeswoman 
Corporal Randima TKT 
Best Logistics Tradesman 
Flight Sergeant Rathnayake RMS
Best Logistics Tradeswoman
Corporal Kumarasinghe KLI
Best Administrative Tradesman  
Sergeant Weerasinghe WMRSM 
Best Administrative Tradeswoman 
Corporal Walawege MM
Best Civil Engineering
Corporal Pathmal JT
Best Health Services Tradesman
Sergeant Priyantha UVN 
Best Health Services Tradeswoman
Sergeant Pieris JHM
Best Provost Tradesman
Warrant Officer URUDK Herath 
Best Provost Tradeswoman
Corporal Sarojini TGSD
Best Physical Training Tradesman
Sergeant Jayasinghe JAMP
Best Physical Training Tradeswoman
Corporal Janani J
Best Performing Arts Tradesman
Warrant Officer CSR Dayarathne
Best Performing Arts Tradeswoman
Leading Aircraftwoman  Hettiarachchi HAMM 
Best Support Services Tradesman
Warrant Officer SHD Eranga



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