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Lionel Balagalle

General
Lionel P. Balagalle
RWP, RSP, VSV, USP, VSP
AllegianceSri Lanka
Service/branchSri Lanka Army
RankGeneral
UnitSri Lanka Artillery
Commands heldCommander of the Sri Lankan Army

General Lionel P. Balagalle RWP, RSP, VSV, USP, VSP was the 16th Commander of the Sri Lanka Army between 1999 and 2004.[1] When he retired from his post on 15 July 2009, he was appointed the Chief of Defence staff of the Sri Lankan armed forces.

Balagalle joined the Army as an Officer Cadet on 5 April 1965. He held many key appointments in the Army prior to being its Chief. Among them is General Officer Commanding (GOC), 51 Division (Jaffna), and Commander-Security Forces (Jaffna). He is the first serving Army Commander in the country to hold the position as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).[2][3]

He was succeeded by Shantha Kottegoda.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 March 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 July 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  3. ^ [news.bbc.co.uk]
  4. ^ "Past Army Commanders". Sri Lanka Army. Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
Military offices
Preceded by
C. S. Weerasooriya
Commander of the Sri Lankan Army
2000-2004
Succeeded by
Shantha Kottegoda