5:42pm on Thursday 20th June 2024
Air Vice Marshal Muditha Mahawattege was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Air Force, with effect from 18 June 2024. The Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa, officially handed over the letter of appointment to Air Vice Marshal Muditha Mahawattege at the Air Force Headquarters today (20 June 2024) and conveyed his best wishes to the newly appointed Deputy Chief of Staff.

Air Vice Marshal Mahawattege is a proud product of Nalanda College Colombo. On 14 November 1989, he embarked on his journey of military service by enrolling as an Officer Cadet of the 7th Intake of the Kotelawala Defence Academy. He successfully completed the Basic Combat Training and pursued undergraduate studies as a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Kotelawala Defence University. On 14 October 1991, he was commissioned with the rank of Pilot Officer in the Aeronautical and General Engineering Branch.
During his service career in the Sri Lanka Air Force, he has been entrusted with many key appointments, such as the Officer Commanding Maintenance of No. 10 Fighter Squadron, where he has devoted his valuable service for 16 years. Further, Staff Officer Aeronautical Engineering I, Aeronautical Engineering III, General Engineering II, Command Quality Assurance Inspector for Aero Eng, Commanding Officer of Motor Transport Repair & Overhaul Wing, Commanding Officer General Engineering Wing,  Commanding Officer of SLAF Trade Training School Ekala, Command Quality Assurance Officer, Deputy Director Aeronautical Engineering, Director Aeronautical Engineering Personnel and Planning and the Director General Aeronautical Engineering of SLAF before being appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Air Force.

In his journey towards academic perfection, Air Vice Marshal Mahawattage has completed many milestones, including the Junior Command and Staff Course at the SLAF Academy China Bay, the Senior Command and Staff Course in Pakistan, and the Master of Science in Strategic Studies at the Kotelawala Defence University. He holds a license for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering from the Sri Lankan Civil Aviation Authority. For his distinguished and exemplary service, he has been awarded the “Uttama Seva Padakkama.”



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