Outgoing Army Commander Becomes Four Star General

Former Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake has been promoted to the rank of four star General effective from today by President Maithripala Sirisena. 
 
Rathnakaye started his military career as an officer cadet in 1980 and commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1981 in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment. He was appointed as the Army Commander by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa on August 2014.
 
He served as the General Officer Commanding of 23 Infantry Division in the Eastern province and played important roles in the operations of Liberations of Vakare and Thoppigala. 
 
He also held the post of the Commissioner General Rehabilitation for rehabilitation of 12,000 ex-LTTE combatants under the Bureau of the Commissioner General Rehabilitation.  On August 2013 he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of Sri lanka Military Academy and the Director Media and Military Spokesman for the Ministry of Defence.
 
General Daya Rathnayake is an old boy of Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala.
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