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SRI LANKA AIR FORCE
GUARDIANS OF THE SKIES
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Director Training

Air Vice Marshal MRK Samarasinghe
 Eng, USP, Bsc (Def Stu), AMIE (SL)

Air Vice Marshal Ruchira Samarasinghe was born on 25 September 1968, and completed his primary and secondary education at St. Mary’s College Veyangoda and Nalanda College, Colombo respectively.

He joined the Kothalawala Defence Academy as an Officer Cadet of 08th Intake on 03 November 1990 and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer of Sri Lanka Air Force, in the Air Field Construction Branch on 14 November 1992.

He is a graduate of the KDU and hold a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (Defence Studies) degree.

He has been awarded the SLAF 50th Anniversary Medal, Long Service Medal with clasp, 50th Independence Medal, East Humanitarian Campaign Medal, North Humanitarian Campaign Medal, North & East Operations Medal, Purna Bhumi Padakkama and Riviresa Campaign Service Medal and Uththama Sewa Padakkama.

He has held appointments such as Officer Commanding Works Service at Sri Lanka Air Force Base China Bay, Sri Lanka Air Force Base Rathmalana, Sri Lanka Air Force Base Vauniya, Sri Lanka Air Force Base Katunayake and Works Engineer of Sri Lanka Air Force Trade Training School Ekala, Sri Lanka Air Force Station Colombo and Sri Lanka Special Operation Group Mankulam, Staff Officer Civil Engineering (Design), Special Projects Engineer, Officer Commanding Special Projects Unit and Senior Staff Officer Civil Engineering of the Directorate of Civil Engineering at Air Force Headquarters.

During his career, he has undergone the Basic Cadet Training Courses at Kotelawala Defence Academy and Sri Lanka Air Force Combat Training School Diyatalawa. He has successfully completed Junior Command and Staff Course at Sri Lanka Air Force Academy China Bay, Post Graduate Diploma in Airport Engineering held at Brisbane Australia and Senior Command and Staff Course at Air War College, Pakistan.

Further he is an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL).

Air Vice Marshal Ruchira Samarasinghe is happily married to Mrs. Inosha Ashanthi Perera, a Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Health and they are blessed with a loving Daughter, Nethmi Samarasinghe who is studying at Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo and a loving son Bhashitha Samarasinghe who is studying at Ananda College, Colombo.


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