Chief of Defence Staff Roshan Goonetileke - due to retire
The Chief of Defence Staff - Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke is expected to retire on 02 March. It is expected he will be given a diplomatic appointment soon.
Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke was appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff on 28 February 2011 on relinquishing Command of the Sri Lanka Air Force. He was the 12th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF).
According to the ‘Chief of Defence Staff Act No. 35 of 2009’ a Chief of Defence Staff is expected to hold office for two years. The Act says President can give an extension for another two more years.
Asian Tribune learnt that so far the Chief of Defence Staff has not been given any extension though it was rumored that, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke has asked for an extension of 6 months.
On 16 November 2009, he was appointed as the Acting Chief of Defence Staff in addition to his incumbent duties as the Commander of the Air Force. He was then made the Chairman of the Board of Management of Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAA of SL) with effect from 5th October 2009 and on relinquishing Command of the Sri Lanka Air Force on 28 December 2011, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke was appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff.
He was earlier appointed the Commander of the Air Force on 12 June 2006. On 18th May 2009, he was promoted Air Chief Marshal, becoming the first ever serving Officer of the Sri Lanka Air Force to be promoted to four star rank.
In the meantime Asian Tribune also learnt that the 13th Air Force Caommander Air Marshal Harsha Duminda Abeywickrama is also due to retire and he will be succeeded by his deputy, the present Chief of Staff Air Vice Marshal KA Gunatilleke.
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