Chief of Defence Staff from Gen. Fonseka to Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunatillake

Bookmark Chief of Defence Staff from Gen. Fonseka to Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunatillake

roshangunAir Force Commander Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunatillake was appointed to perform the duties of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) with effect form today following the resignation of General Sarath Fonseka from the post. Mr. Gunathileke has been given the new appointment in addition to his current post as the Sri Lanka Air Force Chief.

Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonatilake was appointed the Commander of the Sri Lankan Air Force effective 12 June 2006. He has served in the Sri Lankan Air Force for more than 28 years. He is the elder son of the 5th Commander of the Air Force Air Chief Marshal Harry Goonatilake and his younger brother Air Commodore Shirantha Goonatilake SLAF was killed in combat in 1995.

When flashback to his life and the Military career, After finishing his studies at St Peter’s College, Colombo Goonatilake followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Sri Lanka Air Force as an Officer Cadet in the General Duties Pilot Branch on January 13, 1978. On successful completion of flying training, he was commissioned in the rank of Pilot Officer on August 24, 1979

newsmainHis early commands included Commanding Officer of No. 03 Maritime Squadron and the Commanding Officer of No. 04 Helicopter Wing. He was also the Zonal Commander Northern Zone and Zonal Commander Eastern Zone. His more senior commands included commander SLAF Katunayake, SLAF Anuradapura and SLAF China Bay, Director of Operations / Deputy Chief of Staff before being appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

Goonatilake graduated from the Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Alabama, United States in 1994 and had also attended the National Defence College in Pakistan in 2001.
After the conclusion of Eelam War IV and the demise of the LTTE, he was awarded th rank Air Chief Marshal by the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse, in recognition of his services during the campaign.