Mahinda Rajapakse has appointed Air Marshall Donald Perera as
the Chief of Defence Staff. He assumes duties in his new post on
Monday. Air Marshal Perera will be elevated to the rank of Air
Asked for his comments about the new office,
Donald Perera said "its too early to comment about the new seat.
But its an office where you have to be fully committed."
Air Marshall Perera relinquishes his command of
the Sri Lanka Air Force at a ceremony scheduled for tomorrow
evening. Air vice Marshal Roshan Gunatillake who is the current
Chief of Staff of the Air Force will assume duties as the new
Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force on 12 June and he will be
elevated to the rank of Air Marshal. He is a son of former Air
Force Chief Air Vice Marshal Harry Gunatillake who was the fifth
commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force.
Air Marshal Donald Perera will be the third Air
Force commander to be elevated to the rank of Air Chief Marshal
and the others who hold this rank are former Air Force Chiefs
Walter Fernando and Terrence Gunawardane.