Major General K N S Kotuwegoda ndc IG
Commandant – Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force
Major General K N S Kotuwegoda ndc IG, more popularly known as Sampath Kotuwegoda, the 45th Commandant of Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force is a proud product of the prestigious Wickramabahu Central College, Gampola and was enlisted to the Sri Lanka Army on 17 March 1986 under the Officer Cadet Intake SSC 11. Upon successful completion of military training, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and passed out as the fifth in order of merits. He opted to join the Sri Lanka Artillery and was subsequently posted to the 06th Regiment Sri Lanka Artillery on 21 February 1987.
During his illustrious military career, he held many Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. The Senior Officer has held the appointments of Troop Commander, Gun Position Officer, Forward Observation Officer, Battery Captain and Battery Commander of the 6th , 7th and 10th Sri Lanka Artillery Regiments. He was fortunate to command the 11th Artillery Regiment and the 8th Medium Regiment of Sri Lanka Artillery. Further, he was appointed as an Instructor of Gunnery at School of Artillery in Minneriya after which, he was appointed as the Commandant of the School of Artillery Sri Lanka.
He held Grade I and Grade II General Staff Officer appointments at the Quarter Master General’s Branch, Directorate of Operations Army Headquarters, 23 Divisional Headquarters and in Area Headquarters, Welioya. In addition, he was appointed as Colonel of Quarter Master General’s Branch, Director Army Quartering at the Army Headquarters presently called as the Real Estate and Quartering, Director of Movement (Officiating) and Senior Military Adviser to the Ministry of Defence.
Major General Kotuwegoda has commanded 612 and 663 Infantry Brigades during the Humanitarian Operation and later, he was appointed as the General Officer Commanding of 55 Division. Prior to his present appointment, Major General Kotuwegoda served as the Commander Security Forces Kilinochchi. Concurrently, he is the Colonel Commandant of the Sri Lanka Artillery.
Major General Kotuwegoda has followed many local and foreign training courses in various fields such as Platoon Commanders’ Course (Infantry Training Centre/ Combat Training School), Mid Career Course, Potential Unit Commanders’ Course (Maduru Oya), the Young Officers’ Course (India), Combat Air Assault Staff Operation Training with US Special Forces, Mid Career Course - Artillery (Pakistan), Officers’ Gunnery Staff Course (Bangladesh), Unit Commanders’ Course - Artillery (Pakistan), College of Security Studies Comprehensive Security Response to Terrorism Course at Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies (USA) and Disaster Management Workshop - Multinational Cooperation Programme in the Asia-Pacific 2012 (Japan). Further, he has earned Master of Science in Management from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and graduated from the National Defence College Philippines with Master of Arts in National Security Administration.
Major General Kotuwegoda is married to Mrs. Shamini Perera and blessed with two sons and a daughter.