Brigadier Nishantha Manage was borne in 19 August 1968 in Trincomalee. He received his primary and secondary education from Trincomalee Central College and Narammala Central College where he excelled in both academics and sports.He joined the Sri Lanka Army on 21 July 1987 and attended basic military training at Sir John Kothalawala Defence University (KDU), Colombo and Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyatalawa. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant to Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment on 23rd June 1989 upon graduation from the KDU with the Course No - KDU 5.
His primary and high education includes, General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level and Advanced Level) and Postgraduate Diploma in Peace Preparedness and Conflict Resolution which is awarded and validated by the University of Bradford, England. He has also completed Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights in the Institute of Human Rights, Sri Lanka and Diploma in Senior Level Defense Management from Institute of Management Studies, Delhi Ahliya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Indore (M.P.), India.
Brigadier Nishantha Manage had participated in most of military operations conducted in Sri Lanka upholding different responsibilities in various appointments commensurate to his ranks. He has enormous service experience in the field of counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations.
a. Senior Command Course from Army War College, MHOW (M.P.), India.
b. Masters in Security Studies (Combating Terrorism, Policy and Strategies) from Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA.
c. Command and Staff Course from Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, USA - (psc), Completed with a Distinction.
d. Senior Command Course at Army War College, MHOW (M.P.), India.
e. MINUSTHAH Integrated Distance Learning Programme courses.
f. Masters in Defence Studies from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
g. Command and Staff Course (psc) at Defence Services Command and Staff Collage, Sri Lanka.
h. Junior Command Course (India).
i. Young Officers’ Course (India).
j. Officers’ Weapon Course (Bangladesh).
k. Bachelor of Arts in Defence Studies (Hon) from Sir John Kothalawala Defence University.
l. Platoon Commander Course (Tactics and Weapon), Sri Lanka.
a. Commander 641 Infantry Brigade.
b. Commander 515 Infantry Brigade.
c. Deputy Commander SRIBAT (MINUSTAH).
d. Commander Sector 2, Operations Command Colombo.
e. Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment.
f. 2nd in Command, 1st Battalion Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment.
g. Company Commander in 1st Battalion Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment.
h. Platoon Commander in 1st Battalion Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment.
i. Colonel General Staff, 68 Infantry Division.
j. General Staff Officer II (Operations/ Plans), Joint Operations Headquarters.
k. Staff Officer II- Military Secretary’s Branch, Army Headquarters.
l. Staff Officer II- Directorate of Movement, Army Headquarters.
m. Head of the Training Team (Army Wing), DSCSC.
n. Directing Staff, DSCSC.
o. Senior Instructor, Sri Lanka Military Academy.
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
a. Weera Wickrama Vibushanaya.
b. Rana Wickrama Padakkama.
c. Ranasura Padakkama.
d. 50th Independence Day Anniversary Medal.
e. 50th Anniversary Medal Sri Lanka Army.
f. North and East Operational Medal.
g. Purna Bumi Medal.
h. Riviresa Campaign Medal.
i. Sri Lanka Armed Services Long Service Medal.
j. United Nations Medal (MINUSTAH).
He is holding appointment of Brigadier Coordinating of Defence Services Command and Staff College since 20th August 2018 and also holding responsibilities as members of the Regimental Council of VIR. He is married to Mrs. Kumudu Manage and blessed with a son, Nipuna and a daughter, Nadigashi.
Lt Col MBL Perera RSP USP psc GW
GSO 1 (Coord)
Lt Col DCCDR Waidyasekara GW
Lt Col ENP Gunawardana
SLSC - GSO 1 (Trg Sp Div)
Maj RMMPM Rajanayake RWP RSP psc
Maj SBR Rajapaksha RSP
Maj RDRK Dasanayake RSP - SLA
GSO 2 (Coord)
Maj HPP Kumarasinghe RSP - GR
GSO 2 (Coord)
Maj MAMJ Mahahettiarachchige SLSR
GSO 2 (Prod)
Maj HGLT Wijewantha SLSC
GSO 2 (IT)
Maj NTN Jayawardana RSP SLA
GSO 2 (FD SP)
Capt TGSN Pitadeniya RSP
GSO 3 (FD SP)
Capt GRN Pushpalal - SLNG
OC (GD Coy)
Capt WVK Weerakkody RSP - SLAWC
GSO 3 (Coord)