Major General JR Kulatunga RSP ndc psc

Major General JR Kulatunga RSP ndc psc MNSA (Phil), Pg Dip in Strat & Def Studies (University of Malaya), Pg Dip in IR (BCIS-SL), Dip in Civ Affairs and Psy Ops (USA)



     Major General Jeewaka Ruwan Kulatunga was born in Colombo on 6th July 1964. He studied at Nalanda College Colombo and excelled both in his academics and sports. His forte was hockey and he represented the Colombo schools hockey team in 1970-1980. As a school cadet, he had achieved the rank of Warrent Officer 2nd Class in the 3rd Battalion of Ceylon Cadet Corps in 1983. He was enlisted to the Army on 05 March 1984 as an Officer Cadet. On completion of military training at Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyatalawa he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant to the 1st Battalion Sri Lanka Light Infantry on 16 December 1985.


     Major General Kulatunga first held the appointment as a Platoon Commander and was deployed on Counter Terrorist Operations in the North and East of Sri Lanka in December 1985. He had since then participated in most of the major military operations conducted in Sri Lanka while holding different responsibilities in various appointments commensurate to his ranks. He has a long service experience in the field of Counter Terrorist Operations and Counter Insurgency Operations. Major General Kulatunga had commanded an Infantry Battalion for over two years from 1996-1999 in Jaffna and Wanni during the densest period of operations against the terrorists. Later in December 2005 he was appointed an Infantry Brigade Commander which he held until September 2007 in Muhamalei, Jaffna. He was the Commander, 55 Infantry Division in 2012 in Jaffna. Finally, he had the privilege of commanding Security Forces (Wanni) Headquarters in 2016-2017, which is the largest field formation in the Sri Lanka Army.


     Having graduated as a diploma holder in PSY OPS and CIV AFF from the prestigious Special Forces Training School, Ft BRAGG, in North Carolina, USA in 1995, he proceeded to follow the Command and General Staff Course at High Gate, Malaysia. There, he obtained the coveted ‘psc’ title with a Pg Dip in Strategic and Defence Studies awarded by University of Malaya. He also possess a Pg Dip in IR awarded by BCIS, Colombo in 2013.


     Major General Kulatunga is an alumni of the prestigious National Defence College of the Philippines and had obtained the degree of Master in National Security Administration along with the title of ‘ndc’. Besides that he had attended number of military training courses, seminars and exercises in over fourteen different countries.




Command Appointments


     a.     Battalion Commander (Northern Theatre) from 1996-1999.

     b.     Infantry Brigade Commander (Northern Theatre) from 2005- 2007.

     c.     Commandant, Jaffna Town Sector from 2007-2009.

    d.     Commandant, Sri Lanka Military Academy from 2009- 2012.

    e.     General Officer Commanding, 55 Infantry Division Jaffna from 2012 - 2013.

     f.     General Officer Commanding, 12 Division - 2014.

    g.     Commander, Security Forces (Wanni) from 2016 - 2017.

    h.     Colonel of the Regiment of Mechanized Infantry Regiment from 22nd September 2016 to 17th
    March 2018.


Staff Appointments


      i.     Staff Officer 2 Army Quartering, Army Headquarters -1995.


      j.     Staff Officer 2 Army Media Centre, Army Headquarters -1995.


      k.     Staff Officer 1 Military Secretary Branch, Army Headquarters from 1999-2000.


       l.     Colonel General Staff, 53 Infantry Division (Reserve Task Force) from 2002- 2003.


     m.     Military Assistant to the Commander of the Army from 2004 - 2005.


      n.     Director Operations at Army Headquarters - 2013.


Instructor Appointments


      o.     Chief Instructor at Counter Revolutionary Warfare Wing, Army Training School Maduru Oya in 1991.


      p.     Chief Instructor of Battalion Training Course in 9th Brigade (Integrated) Elephentpass, Jaffna from 1993-1994.


      q.     Chief Instructor, Commanding Officer(Officer Training Wing) and Director Academics at the prestigious Sri Lanka Military Academy from



Administrative Appointment


      r.     Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kotelawala Defence University (Administration and Defence). from 2015 - 2016


     s.     Chairman of the Army Rowing Committee from 14 November 2016 todate.


   He has been appointed as the Colonel of the Regiment of Sri Lanka Light Infantry from 14 March 2018. Presently he is the Commandant of Defence Services Command and Staff Collage Sapugaskanda from 31 July 2017.


   For his bravery demonstrated in the face of the enemy during Counter Terrorist Operations he was awarded with RANASURA GALLANTRY MEDAL for three consecutive times. He is further being awarded with ten other Military and service medals. He is married to Thushari Sania Kulatunga and blessed with two sons, Senal (22 years) and Asel (20 years) and also with a daughter Kulanga (14 years).


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