Draft:Pooraka Seneviratne

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Early Life and Education[edit]

Hidellana Pooraka Seneviratne was born in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka on 6th September in 1965. His Father is Hidellana Janaseeha Seneviratne and Mother is Singhawatta Leela Seneviratne. He is the youngest member of his family. His twin brother is Jayantha Seneviratne and he is a military officer in Sri Lanka Army too. His elder brother is Piyasamara Seneviratne and he is living in France. He studied at Seevaali Central College, Ratnapura and passed his General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination in 1980 and General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination in 1984. In College he excelled in studies and sports. He represented his school in cricket, volleyball, football, and athletics. He was acted as the head prefect and the vice games captain in 1983/1984 and also held the appointment of cadet sergeant in school cadet platoon.

Personnel Life[edit]

His is married to D.C.P Senarath who is graduate teacher in chemistry. He is blessed with two children namely Janaka Chathuranga Seneviratne (Son) , Madhara Sathsaranie Seneviratne (Daughter).

Military Career[edit]

He was enlisted to the Regular Force in the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet to Intake 22 on 31st October 1985. He received his basic training from Sri Lanka Military Academy in Diyathalawa and the Officers Training School, Mangla, Pakistan. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Regular Force of Sri Lanka Army thereafter he followed the Infantry Young Officer's Course in Quetta Pakistan. Having posted to the Sri Lanka Signal Corps on 24th July 1986 he rose to the rank of Lieutenant (1988), Captain (1990), Major (1994), Lieutenant Colonel (2005), Colonel (2008), Brigadier (2010) and Major General (2018) respectively.

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Major General Pooraka Seneviratne VSV USP ndu

Involvement in Military Operations[edit]

Military Operations
Name of the Operation Appointment
1. Op - Trivida Balaya II Sig Offr
2. Op – Clean Sweep Sig Offr
3. Op – Jayashakthi Sig Offr
4. OP – Sea Breeze Sig Offr
5. Op – Balawegaya  I & II Sig Offr/GSO III
6. Op – Valampuri  I & II Sig Offr
7. Op – Leap Forward OC – EW
8. Op – Thunder Strike II OC – EW
9. OP – Riviresa I, II & III OC – EW
10. Op – Sathjaya I, II , III OC – EW
11. Op – Shake Hand II, III, IV & V OC – EW
12. Op – Valikamam West OC – EW
13. Op – Royal Flush II OC – EW
14. Op – Tiger Hunt 96 OC – EW
15. Breakout OP Muhamale CO – 4 SLSC
16. Humanitarian OP Col Gs 55 Divison

Staff Appointments[edit]

He held many Command and Staff appointments. Some of the key appointments among them are:

  1. Troop Commander – 1st Regiment Sri Lanka Signal Corps, Panagoda
  2. Det OC – Tantirimale
  3. Squadron Commander   - 3rd Regiment Sri Lanka Signal Corps, Anuradhapura
  4. Signal Officer – 21 Infantry Brigade
  5. Staff Officer III – Signal Brigade, Panagoda
  6. Officer Command - Electronic Warfare Squadron, Palaly
  7. Commandant – School of Signals, Kandy
  8. Regimental Adjutant - Regimental Centre, Sri Lanka Signal Corps, Panagoda
  9. Commanding Officer – 1st Regiment Sri Lanka Signal Corps, Minneria and 4th Regiment Sri Lanka Signal Corps, Palaly, 5th Regiment Sri Lanka Signal Corps (Reinforcement), Valaichchenai
  10. Commandant - Marksmanship and Sniper Training School, Diyatalawa
  11. Colonel General Staff - 55 Infantry Division, Jaffna
  12. Colonel Coordinator – Headquarters Chief Signal Office, Panagoda
  13. Centre Commandant - Regimental Centre, Sri Lanka Signal Corps, Panagoda
  14. Commander - 234 Infantry Brigade, 621 Infantry Brigade
  15. Brigadier General Staff - Security Force Headquarters (Wanni)
  16. Commander – Signal brigade, Panagoda
  17. Director - Directorate of Quality Assurance and Insurance
  18. General Officer Commanding - 56 Division, Kokeliya

Local and Foreign Courses[edit]

During his career followed a number of foreign and local Courses. Some of them are:

Local

  1. Practical Pistol Shooting Course – Officers (Marksmanship and Sniper Training School, Diyatalawa)
  2. Method of Instruction (MOI) Course (Army Training Center, Diyatalawa)
  3. Basic Marksmanship Course (Marksmanship and Sniper Training School, Diyatalawa)
  4. Unit Firers Coaches’ Course (Marksmanship and Sniper Training School, Diyatalawa)
  5. Multinational Communication Interoperability Programme (MCIP) for Concept Development Conference (USA) ; Initial Planning Conference (Thailand) ; Final Planning Conference (Malaysia); Final Exercise (New Zealand)

Foreign

  1. Signal Young Officer Course (Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, Mhow, India)
  2. Mid-Career Course (Military College of Signal, Pakistan)
  3. Motorola Training Facility Course (USA)
  4. Defence & Strategic Studies Course (College of Defence Studies, National Defence University, PLA China)

Contribution to Shooting[edit]

He is a handgun shooter in IPSC discipline and He had been national champion twice in Sri Lanka. He is a qualified international range officer who has been recognized by the International Range Officers Association(IROA). Also he represented the country in various shooting tournaments organized by local and foreign shooting federations. Such as world shoot xii - in Philippines (1999), Australasia level iv shooting competition in Philippine (2001), Singapore Open in Singapore (2000), Thai Open in Thailand (2003), Sri Lankan Open Nationals in Sri Lanka (2003), Australasia level iv shooting competition in Indonesia (2004), IGP Tan trophy Pistol Meet in Malaysia (2005), IGP Tan trophy Pistol Meet in Malaysia (2006), Australasia level iv shooting competition in Malaysia (2007), Thai Open in Thailand(2007), Arafura Games held in Australia (2009), Australasia level iv shooting competition in Malaysia (2010), Australasia level iv shooting competition held in New Zealand (2013), and Far East Asia Hand Gun Championship held in Malaysia (2015) as the manager.

Medals and Awards[edit]

  1. Vishishta Seva Vibhushanaya
  2. Utthama Seva Padakkama
  3. Northern Humanitarian Operations Medal
  4. Eastern Humanitarian Operations Medal
  5. Purna Bhumi Padakkama
  6. North and East Operations Medal
  7. Vadamarachchi Operation Medal
  8. Riviresa Campaign Service Medal
  9. 50th Independence Anniversary Medal
  10. Sri Lanka Army 50th Anniversary Medal
  11. Sri Lanka Armed Services Long Service Medal

References[edit]

  1. http://www.dailymirror.lk/155256/Twin-brothers-promoted-as-Majors-General-together