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Brig.Hapuarachchi, new Military Spokesman


Brigadier H. A. Nihal Hapuarachchi

Brigadier H. A. Nihal Hapuarachchi of Sri Lanka Corps of Engineers assumed office as the twelfth Director of Media at Army Headquarters, last week. He will also serve as the Military Spokesman.

Brigadier Hapuarachchi succeeds Major General U.A.B Medawela, who is proceeding on overseas training. During his Army career which spans 29 years since his enlistment to the Sri Lanka Army (Regular Force) on 25 May 1982, Brig.Hapuarachchi has held a number of Command and Staff appointments, including some in the Engineers Regiment.

During decisive battles against terrorists, he served as Brigadier General Staff at the Wanni Security Forces Headquarters.

Brigadier Hapuarachchi was the Commanding Officer of the 7 Field Engineers of Sri Lanka Engineers in an Infantry role and as a Commandant, School of Military Engineering, Commander, 513 Infantry Brigade, and had the opportunity of working as an Officer Instructor and subsequently as the Chief Instructor at the Sri Lanka Military Academy.

He has also served as a Directing Staff at the then Army Command and Staff College, now the Defence Services Command and Staff College at Sapugaskanda.

His wide range of staff appointments includes Director, Recruiting at Army Headquarters, Brigadier General Staff at Security Forces Headquarters, Wanni during Humanitarian Operations, Colonel General Staff in Sri Lanka Volunteer Force Headquarters, Grade II Staff Officer (Operations) at the former Joint Operational Command and several other appointments in different headquarters and field formations in the North.

He is a recipient of the elite Rana Sura Padakkama(RSP) in recognition of his gallantry in the battlefield. He also received the President’s Medal at the Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyatalawa and a Gold Medal for his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Rajarata, Mihintale.

Brigadier Hapuarachchi had also undergone overseas training after following Engineers Young Officers’ Course (1989) at the College of Military Engineering - India, Engineer Officers’ Mid-Career Course (1996) and Battalion Commanders’ Course (2000) at Military College of Engineering - Pakistan and Higher Defence Management Refresher Course (2006) at College of Defence Management - India. He also attended the seminar on ‘War-related Matters in India’, a few years ago. Being a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College, Quetta, Pakistan and Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Hawaii, he has held all the responsible appointments an officer could hold in an Engineer Battalion.

A product of Royal College, Colombo, he won Colours for three sport disciplines and captained Royal College volleyball team in the year 1978.

Brigadier Hapuarachchi has been serving as Brigadier Coordinating of the Sapugaskanda Defence Services Command and Staff College before he takes up the new appointment.

He also serves as the Vice Chairman in the Army Tennis Committee and represents Sri Lanka Army in lawn Tennis. He is married and blessed with two sons.

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