Army Commander H.L.V.M. Liyanage was elevated to the rank of Lieutenant General with effect from yesterday (1), following his appointment as Army Commander by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Lieutenant General Liyanage, more popularly known as Vikum Liyanage, prior to his new appointment, served as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army. He is the most Senior Officer in the Army at present, next to the outgoing Commander.
Lieutenant General Liyanage joined the Regular Force of the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet on 27 October 1986 in the Regular Intake – 26 and followed basic military training at the prestigious Sri Lanka Military Academy in Diyatalawa and subsequently at the Pakistan Military Academy. On successful completion of Officer Cadet training, he was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant and was posted to the Gajaba Regiment.
During his 35-year illustrious military career, he has held a number of significant command, staff, and instructional appointments, including Platoon Commander, Company Commander, and Adjutant of the 4th Gajaba Regiment. In the Eastern theatre of operations, Lieutenant General Liyanage performed a commendable role, contributing to the eradication of terrorism from the region.
He also served as Intelligence Officer of 21 and 55 Infantry Divisions, Second in Command of the 14th Gajaba Regiment, Adjutant of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Staff Officer II (Admin) at the Regimental Centre of the Gajaba Regiment, Second in Command of the 10th Gajaba Regiment, Staff Officer II at Directorate of Staff Duties, and Commanding Officer of the 8th Gajaba Regiment during which Lieutenant General Liyanage with his troops in the ‘Rice Bowl’ of Mannar made progress and advanced into terrorist-held areas in impressive operations.