Chief of Staff
Director WelfareAir Vice Marshal PDKT Jayasinghe
RWP, RSP (2bars), VSV, USP, LLB, MSc (War Stu & Def Mgt-Pak) MSc (Def Stu) in Mgt, MoSS (Ban), aowc, MIM (SL), ndc

Air Vice Marshal PDKT Jayasinghe was born on the 9th of March 1966 in Sri Lanka. He was commissioned in the General Duties Pilot Branch on the 1st of January 1987. He is a VVIP rated pilot with 6500 flying hours both from Fixed Wing & Rotor Wing aircraft to his credit. For his operational service he has been decorated with Rana Wickrama Padakkama (RWP), and Rana Sura Padakkama (RSP) on three occasions. Further, he was awarded the Vishishta Seva Vibhusanaya in the year 2019. He has held many appointments and a few among them are, Officer Commanding Operations and then progressed to command the No 8 Flying Squadron of Sri Lanka Air Force, Staff Officer Operations - 1 at the Directorate of Air Operations; the Officer responsible for flying operations in Sri Lanka, Commanding Officer Air Defence Command and Control Centre from 2007 to mid-2008 and subsequently became the Overall Operations Commander - Air Defence of SLAF, where his tenure is marked in the SLAF history for shooting down two terrorist aircraft of the LTTE. He has commanded four Air Bases of the SLAF and thereafter held the appointments of Director Training, Director Administration and Director Air Operations. Air Vice Marshal PDKT Jayasinghe presently holds the appointment of Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Air Force.

In his academic qualifications, Air Vice Marshal PDKT Jayasinghe has completed his first Master’s degree (Defence Studies) in Management with “Merit Pass” from the Kotelawala Defence University in 2005. In 2009/10 he followed the Armed Forces War Course at the prestigious National Defence University in Pakistan and colourfully graduated with an “A” grading in MSc (War Studies & Defence Management). He has followed the National Defence Course at the National Defence College Bangladesh and graduated with a Master of Security Studies (MoSS) with the distinguished title “ndc” in 2012. He also successfully completed a 4 year LLB degree at the Open University Colombo and was awarded Bachelor of Laws Degree in April 2013. He also attended courses on Comprehensive Security Response for Terrorism in Hawaii, USA, Defence Orientation Course in the Netherlands, Basic Staff Course and Flight Safety Officers’ Course in Pakistan. He has visited many countries across the continents including Europe, Africa, Middle East, China, Ukraine, Russia and USA.

Air Vice Marshal PDKT Jayasinghe is married to Mrs. Sandhya Jayasinghe and they are blessed with two daughters and a son.

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