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No. 33 Junior Commanders' And Staff Course and Graduation Ceremony

Published on: 1:32pm on Saturday 28th August 2010
No. 33 Junior Commanders' And Staff Course and Graduation Ceremony
The Graduation Ceremony of the No. 33 Junior Command and Staff Course was held at the Junior Command and Staff College auditorium at SLAF Academy China Bay yesterday (27th August 2010). The Director General Engineering Air Commodore BLW Balasuriya graced the occasion as the chief guest.

A total of 20 Officers from the Air Force in the rank of Squadron Leaders and Flight Lieutenants, 4 Officers from the Army in the rank of Major and Captains and 4 Officers from the Navy in the rank of Lieutenant followed and graduated from this course successfully. The Junior Command and Staff College is accredited to the University of Kelaniya and all Officers who fulfill the required criteria will be awarded with a PG Diploma in Defence management.

        The Officers are required to endure on a 14 week course.  It is a full time residential course with all compulsory modules suited to fulfill the command and staff duties requirement of the SLAF. As an adult education program, the course is conducted on the basis of a knowledge sharing exercise where the course participants are expected to actively seek out knowledge under the guidance of the directing staff as well as visiting experts. 

The course participants are required to carry out an independent research and submit a research paper and face a viva before completing the course. The course curriculum is also designed to promote the development of English and IT skills. Great emphasis is also laid on the development of public speaking skills of the course participants.

The course participants are also taken on an organized study tour to number of selected outside organizations in order to expose them to the various challenges of management and the means by which different organizations meet them.

Physical fitness is also an important part of the curriculum and a regular program of physical training and organized games is included to ensure not only that the course participants maintain their fitness while they participate in the course but also to encourage them to make it a routine part of their lives.

The following officers have received special awards at the Graduation Ceremony.

Best All round Performance
Lt RPCJ Rajapaksha SL Navy
Best Book Review
Sqn Ldr C DodandeniyaSLAF
Best All round Sportsman     
Lt  SSH BandaraSL Navy
Best Management Skills
Sqn Ldr Ldr PAP Priyadarshana SLAF
Best in Public Speaking            
Sqn Ldr PS Jayathilaka SLAF
Best Commandant's Paper     
Sqn Ldr  HMC HerathSLAF
All round Performance
1st Place        
NRX1713 Lt RPCJ RajapakshaSL Navy
2nd Place   
02339 Sqn Ldr RMAU Rathnayaka SLAF
3rd Place
NRX1828 Lt UHT Wijesekara SL Navy
4th Place    
02166 Sqn Ldr C Dodandeniya SLAF
5th Place    
02545 Flt Lt UI SamaraweeraSLAF

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