Outgoing Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal WDRMJ Goonetileke paid a farewell call on Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa this afternoon.
Air Chief Marshal Goonetileke was appointed the Chief of Defence Staff on 28th February 2011 on relinquishing Command of the Sri Lanka Air Force. He was the 12th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) and is the eldest son of the 5th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force, late Air Chief Marshal Harry Goonetileke.
During his career of 33 years in the Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Chief Marshal WDRMJ Goonetileke held a number of Commands, Operational and Administrative appointments. He logged many flying hours both in fixed and rotary wing aircraft when serving as an operational pilot. For bravery displayed in conduct of operations, he was awarded the Gallantry Medal “Rana Wikrama Padakkama” twice.
Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Air Chief Marshal Goonetileke had a brief discussion and also exchanged mementoes to mark the occasion.