Security Forces Headquarters


Maj Gen SWB Welagedara RSP USP ndc
Genaral Officer Commanding
24 Infantry Division

Major General SWB Welagedara RSP USP ndc joined the Sri Lanka Army in 1988 after completing his primary and secondary education from Dharmaraja College - Kandy. After his successful completion of the basic military training at Sri Lanka Military Academy - Diyatalawa, he was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant and posted to 4th Battalion the Gemunu Watch as a Platoon Commander. He has also served as a Company Commander in 4th and 12th Battalions the Gemunu Watch and was appointed as the Second in Command in 7th Battalion the Gemunu Watch.

Major General SWB Welagedara led 8th Battalion the Gemunu `Watch during the peak of the Humanitarian Operation. The great leadership that he displayed was an immense contribution to eradicating separatist terrorism from the motherland. Moreover, he has performed his duties in the following staff and command appointments during his illustrated military carrier:

*General Staff Officer 1 (Operations) - Security Forces Headquarters (Wanni) at Vavuniya
*Commanding Officer – 8th Battalion the Gemunu Watch
*Colonel (Vol) Coord - Regimental Headquarters Gemunu Watch
*General Staff Officer 1 (Operations) - Regimental Headquarters Gemunu Watch
*Colonel General Staff - 62 Infantry Division at Welioya
*Colonel General Staff - 64 Infantry Division at Kalyanpura
*Colonel (MS)(V) - Headquarters Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force
*Brigade Commander - 612 Infantry Brigade
*Center Commandant - Regimental Headquarters Military Intelligence Corps
*Commandant - Centre for Army Vocational Training at Kalaoya

At present, he is serving as the General Officer Commanding of 24 Infantry Division at Ampara. In his long tour of duty, he has followed several training courses both locally and overseas.

*Battalion Support Weapon Course
*Unit Administration Course
*Young Officers' Course - Local & Foreign
*Regimental Signal Officer Course - India
*Senior Command Course - India
*Master's Degree in Public Administration - University of Colombo
*National Defense Course - Kothalawala Defense University

He has actively participated in all the major operations conducted in North and East during 34 years of his service in Sri Lanka Army, Therefore, in appreciation of his bravery act and selfless dedication on the battlefield, he has been awarded 'Rana Sura Padakkama' and "Uththama Seva Padakkama" for his exceptional conducts. Further, he is a distinguished senior officer who has also gained the following medals in appreciation of his valued military career.

*Purnabhumi Medal
*North and East Operation Medal
*Long Service Medal
*Riviresa Campaign Service Medal
*50th Independence Anniversary Medal
*Sri Lanka Army 50th Anniversary Medal
*North Humanitarian Operation Medal
*East Humanitarian Operation Medal
*Sewabimani Padakkama
*Seva Padakkama