Major General Dampath Fernando was appointed as the Chief of Staff (CoS) of Sri Lanka Army, Army Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said today.
He was the former Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) of the Army prior to his appointment from August 2017.
Fernando, formerly the Security Forces Commander, Mullaitivu, is a decorated officer and an outstanding sportsman. Fernando joined the Army in 1983 with Intake 18 at the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa. He was commissioned into Gemunu Watch Regiment and started his career as a Second Lieutenant.
During his illustrious military career he has held many important position in the army in the fields of operations, training and staff.
As an infantry officer he has successfully commanded two infantry battalions, two infantry brigades and three infantry divisions in the North and East provinces. He has actively taken part in many military operations against the LTTE during the height of Sri Lanka’s terrorist conflict. After the military victory in 2009, he had to retire from the Army as a ‘victim of circumstances but was later reinstated in 2015, by President Maithripala Sirisena.