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 Post subject: Colonel S.A.D.N. Jayantha Suraweera
 Post Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:10 pm 
Slain Colonel Jayantha Suraweera Bids Farewell

Sri Lanka has lost great son of the soil. Sri Lanka Army has lost courageous officer. The Gajaba Regiment has lost hard working, dedicated brother officer and a friend who has done tremendous service to the Regiment.


Source: SLA / 2007-03-12

POSTHUMOUSLY PROMOTED Colonel S.A.D.N.J. Suraweera of the Gajaba Regiment who was brutally assassinated by marauding Tiger terrorists inside Wilpattu National Park while on assignment over availability of drinking water for wild elephants bade farewell to the Nation Monday (12) evening amidst a sea of mourners and fellow-officers and soldiers.

The coffin of the late War Hero draped with the National flag was taken to the gun carriage after his beloved wife, two sons, relatives and friends paid last respects. The solemn moment of grief reverberated with the sound of weeping children and others as the funeral procession wended its way to Niyandagala cemetery at Homagama.

Colonel Suraweera, Major Ajith Jayarathna, Corporal Kapila Kumara, Private Suranga in the company of the park’s warden and three other employees were the victims in the brutal terrorist massacre on Friday (09) that shook the Nation.

Born on the 27th June 1963, Suraweera Arachchige Don Nihal Jayantha Suraweera was educated at Ananda College Colombo, where he shown as a brilliant student and a sportsman and won the respect and kind affection of the College staff and brother students. His only ambition was to be an officer of the Sri Lanka Army. After very successful school career, his inspiration was achieved when he was selected as an Officer Cadet to the Regular Force of the Sri Lanka Army on 10th June 2985. After basic training at the Military Academy in Diyathalawa, he was sent to Pakistan Military for further training. On successful completion of the cadet training he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 25th April 1986, of Intake 21 and was posted to the 1st Battalion of the Gajaba Regiment.

With the expansion of the Gajaba Regiment, He was posted to 4th Battalion of the Gajaba Regiment, as one of the pioneering officers of the Battalion. He served in the capacity of platoon Commander Intelligence Officer, the Adjutant and the Company Commander. After holding various appointments in the Battalion, he served as Staff Officer II at Regimental Centre the Gajaba Regiment, Brigade Major at 512 Brigade, Chief Instructor of the Gajaba Regiment Training Wing, 2nd In Command of 6th Battalion of the Gajaba Regiment and as the Commanding Officer of the 14th Battalion of the Gajaba Regiment. After de-amalgamation of 1 and 8 Battalions of the Gajaba Regiment, he became the Commanding Officer of the 8th Battalion of the Gajaba Regiment. And also he Commanded 10th Battalion of the Sri Lanka National Guard. During the operation Jayasikuru he performed his duties as the Officer Commanding Troops, Weppankulam-Vavuniya. And also he served as General Staff Officer I at Security Forces Headquarters (Wanni). Till the time of his demise he was the Centre Commandant at the Regimental Headquarters of the Gajaba Regiment and Commander of sub Area Headquarters – Anuradhapura.

Colonel SADNJ suraweera’s excellence of soldiering was displayed by a marked sense of discipline, acceptance of responsibility, originality of thought, logical and convincing in expression, a cheerful personality, and a keen sense of humour. These attributes were honed, maintained, and employed in a balance measure.

He was a much decorated gentleman officer, and to his credit the Honours, Awards and Medals shown below.

(1) Rana Soora Padakkama.
(2) Poorna Boomi Padakkama.
(3) North and East Operations Medal.
(4) Wadamarachchi Operation Medal.
(5) Riviresa Campaign Services Medal.
(6) 50th Independence Anniversary Medal.
(7) Sri Lanka Army 50th Anniversary Medal 1998.
(8) Sri Lanka Armed Service Long Service Medal.

In the defence of integrity, sovereignty and the independence of the Motherland this brave soldier fought battle in various military operations as platoon commander, company commander and the Commanding Officer in following operations:

(2) Operation THRIVIDA BALAYA I,II and III
(3) Operation BALAVEGAYA I and II
(4) Operation AKUNU PAHARA
(5) Operation WANNI WICKRAMA I, II and III
(6) Operation SATHJAYA I, II and III
(7) Operation RIVIRESA I, II and III
(8) Operation JAYASIKURU
(9) Operation AGNIKEELA
(10) Operation RANAGOSA I, II and III

Since 18th January 2006 until his untimely death he had been the Officiating Commandant of GR Regimental Centre at Saliyapura, Anuradhapura. Until his demise he was also overlooking the duties as Commander Sub Area Headquarters, Anuradhapura. His military funeral ended as Last Post rent the air bringing tears to all those who were present on the occasion.

His commitment and dedication to the cause won him respect and dignity not only among his superiors but also among all ranks. His military funeral was attended by a large gathering of senior Army officers and other ranks. He leaves behind his wife, Anoma Sriyani, sons Dishan (14) and Ravindu (9).

“In memoriam, Colonel SADNJ SURAWEERA RSP. “primus inter pares”


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