The Security Forces Headquarters (East) was raised on 31 October 2003 by ARO 02/2004. At the inception two Divs (22 Div and 23 Div) and FMA (E) were UC as organic fmns of the SFHQ (E). In addition; Navy, Air Force, STF, Police & CDF contingents dep in the Eastern Theatre on ground role were also placed UC to SF (E) to cater operational requirements. The Task Force 3 was inducted to the AOR on 31 Oct 2011 in order to cater for illegal land encroachment and to restore normalcy in Ampara district especially in Deegawapiya area. At present 03 x Divs comprising 08 x Bdes are under command to SFHQ (E).