The Excellence Award 2011 was held at the ‘Astra Cinema’ hall of Sri Lanka Air Force Base Katunayake on 21st September, 2012. Under the concept of the present Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama , the excellence award was organized for the 3rd consecutive year in the view of appreciating and motivating the meritorious work carried out by the men and women of the SLAF.
The Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Chief of Staff Air Vice Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke, members of the AFBM, Base Commander Katunayake Air Commodore Sumangala Dias, Chairman Organizing Committee Air Commodore JP Wanigathunga were also amongst the distinguished invitees.
Based on the criteria established by the respective directorates, 03 finalists were nominated for consideration to be honored for their outstanding performance in each trade and for their contribution to the development of the SLAF during the year 2011. In the selection rounds, three members headed by the Chief of Staff chose the winners based on the marks they had obtained.
Accordingly, the candidate who obtained the highest points from the selection round was awarded the Most Outstanding Airman trophy.
Following the awarding of the trophies, the Commander of the Air Force addressed the gathering and approved the promotion of most outstanding Airmen of the year Flight sergeant Botheju SA to the rank of Warrant Officer.
Following Airmen were awarded as the best Airmen of the respective branches.
Best Supportive Services Tradesman F/Sgt Chandrasekara SATI Com Tech SP I
Best Ground Operations Tradesman Sgt Perera HKRT Ground Operation Trades
Best Medical and Dental Services Tradesman WO Silva HWCK PHI
Best Administrative Tradesman MWO Wanigasekara Clk Gd Sp I
Best Logistics Tradesman WO Lenora PAR Catering SP II
Bet Civil Engineering Tradesman F/SGT Botheju SA Wks Elect II
Bet Electrical & Telecommunication Engineering Tradesman
Sgt Wickramasinghe LMCP Tele Mech
Best General Engineering Tradesman F/Sgt Abeysekara SPN Mt Filter
Best Aeronautical Engineering Tradesman F/Sgt De Silva Aero/Eng
Most Outstanding Research Development team
Wg Cdr MPA Mahawattage Tech Eng Sqn Ldr LMCB Nissanka Tech Eng WO Palitharathne Aero/Eng Sgt Amarasekara RPDPW Aero/Eng Sgt kolgalla GGMWB Aero/Eng