Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya assumed duties as the Chief Instructor of the Army Wing of the Defence Services Command and Staff College on 22 December 2016. Having earned the President’s Commission in the Regiment of Artillery in the year 1986, after successful training at the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa and Officers Training School Pakistan, he counts over 30 year service in the Sri Lanka Army.
During the long career he has served in numerous Command, Staff and Instructional appointments at various levels, which includes all possible command up to infantry brigade; general staff of field formations, Army Headquarters and the Joint Services Headquarters; and instructor at several officer training establishments. He has also held special appointments as Military Assistant to the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and United Nations Military Observer in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Brigadier Wanigasooriya commanded two Brigades in northern Sri Lanka in years 2007 and 2010 during and after the Humanitarian Operations and thereafter served as Director Training at Army Headquarters playing an effective role in preparing the Army to face post conflict challenges of training and readiness. He also served as the Military Spokesman and Director, Media Centre for National Security of the Ministry of Defence and contributed towards the national effort to dissipate false propaganda of the separatist forces. Before joining the DSCSC he served as the Director Operations and Systems at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff. As an Instructor he has contributed in grooming generations of Officers at the Kotelawala Defence University, the Sri Lanka Military Academy, and has served in the faculty of Defence Services Command and Staff College as well.
Besides routine career development courses of training in Sri Lanka, he has followed a number of foreign military training courses abroad and has attended several seminars and conferences representing the country. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, the National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) of the Republic of Indonesia and the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. He is married and is blessed with a daughter and two sons.