23rd December 2016 18:06:46 Hours
Troops of the Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) on Thursday (22) extended military honours and their best wishes to the new Chief of Staff (CoS) Major General Channa Goonetilleke when he visited his Regimental Headquarters for the first time upon assumption of duties as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army.
Major General Channa Goonetilleke on arrival at the Regimental Headquarters was received by Brigadier Nihal Amarasekara, Centre Commandant before he was conducted to inspect the Guard Turnout around the entrance. The inspection of the Guard Turnout followed the Guard of Honour, accorded in his honour in accordance with military traditions.
Major General Channa Goonetilleke in the company of the parade commander, Captain H.M.S.C.B Herath afterwards made his way to the saluting dais to receive the formal salute.
In his address to the sappers present on the occasion, the Chief of Staff reminded the troops of the contribution of Regimental council members to uplift the standards of the Corps, achievements of Sappers, commitments and responsibilities.
Later on, the visiting Chief of Staff met members of the Regimental Council at the Colonel Commandant’s office.
As the final session of the day, the Chief of Staff attended an all rank lunch at the utility building inside the Regimental Headquarters.
Senior officers, officers and hundreds of other ranks were present during the day’s event.