Major General K.A.N Rasika Kumara ndc psc of the Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) this morning (09 Jan) assumed office as the new Director General of Directorate of Media and Psychological Operations and Army Spokesman at the Army Headquarters during a brief formal ceremony.
He succeeded Major General I.H.M.R.K Herath USP ndc psc who has now been appointed as the Chief Signal Officer and Colonel Commandant of Sri Lanka Signal Corps.
Major General K.A.N Rasika Kumara ndc psc amidst religious blessings, symbolically placed his signature for an official document to signify the acceptance of the new office. In keeping with traditions, the new Director General Media & Psychological Operations afterwards spoke to both Officers and Other Ranks and set out his vision for the Directorate in future.
Born in Theldeniya, he is a proud product of Ruwanwella Rajasinghe Central College. He was enlisted to the Sri Lanka Army in 1990 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1991 at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA).
He underwent various courses, including the Platoon Commander’s Course, Officers’ Par Excellence Course, Unit Intelligence Officer Course, Field Engineer Class III Course, Unit Account Course, Unit Administration Officers’ Course, Army Command and Staff Course, National Defence College Course (National Security and Strategic Studies), Young Officers’ Course – India, Combat Engineer Instructor Course – India, Army Command and Staff Course – China and Mine and Blasting Engineer Course – China.
Throughout his career, Major General K.A.N Rasika Kumara ndc psc has held various key appointments, demonstrating a diverse range of roles, including Troops Commander, Intelligence Officer, Adjutant, General Staff Officer III of Engineers Brigade, Aide De Camp, Officer Commanding, Staff Officer III of Regimental Headquarters, Sri Lanka Engineers, General Staff Officer II of Security Forces – Jaffna, Brigade Major of 511 Infantry Brigade, Staff Officer I of Chief of Staff Office, Army Headquarters, Staff Officer I of Military Secretariat Branch, Commanding Officer of 5 SLE and 6 SLE, General Staff Officer I of Directorate of Operations at Army Headquarters, General Staff Officer 1 (Operations) of Security Forces – Wanni, Colonel General Staff of 22 Infantry Division, Colonel Training of Directorate of Training, Military Assistant of Army Headquarters, Commander of 213 Infantry Brigade, Director of Directorate of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and Director of Overseas Operations.
The simple ceremony was attended by Senior Officers, Officers and Other Ranks of Directorate of Media and Psychological Operations