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Security Forces (Central)

Commander Security Forces Central

Major General G R H Dias VSV USP ndc psc IG


Major General G R H Dias was born on 26 April 1964. He is a proud product of Thurstan College, Colombo. During his school life, he had been a brilliant student in all academics. Apart from that he had been a very good sportsman. To name few; in year 1976 as a grade six student he represented collage in Boxing, Cricket, Rugby and Football and continued till he left school. Also taken part in Athletics and Table Tennis at inter house level. After the Advance Level examination in year 1983, young Gunasinghe Rukmal Hamanga Dias joined the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet to the Officer Cadet Intake 19, on 5 March 1984. Upon the successful completion of officer cadet training, he was commissioned as a 2/Lieutenant on 16 November 1985 and posted to the prestigious Regiment of Sri Lanka Artillery.

During his 33 years of dedicated service he has held many Command, staff and instructional appointments.

To name, the Command appointments are:

  • Commanding Officer 8 SLA
  • Commander 514 Brigade
  • Commander 112 Brigade
  • General Officer Commanding of 59 Division
  • General Officer Commanding of 65 Division
  • General Officer Commanding of 12 Division
  • Commander Army Training Command
The main staff and instructor appointments were:
  • General Staff Officer 2 at Directorate of Operations
  • General Staff Officer 2 at Artillery Brigade
  • Commandant School of Artillery
  • Colonel (GS) at SLAVF
  • Centre Commandant Special Forces
  • Centre Comdt Sri Lanka Artillery
  • Principle Staff Officer SLAVF
  • Brigadier (GS) SFHQ(J)
  • Director - Institute of post graduate studies at KDU

During his distinguished military career, Maj General Dais has attended number of local and overseas courses. To name:

  • In 1986, Artillery Young Officer Course in Pakistan
  • In 1990, Regimental Survey Course in India
  • In 1994, Artillery Advance Gunnery Course in India
  • In 1997, Gunnery Staff Course in Pakistan
  • In 2001, Senior Command Course in India
  • In 2013, National Defence Course in Bangladesh
  • Also he is a graduate of Army Command and Staff College
In addition to the above, he has also participated to Pacific Environment Security Conference at Honolulu, Hawaii.
In recognition of his unblemished service to the motherland, he was awarded with following service medles:
  • VISHISHTA SEVA VIBHUSHANAYA
  • UTTAMA SEVA PADAKKAMA
  • EAST HUMANITARIAN OPERATION
  • NORTH HUMANITARIAN OPERATION
  • PURNA BHUMI PADAKKAMA
  • NORTH AND EAST OPERATIONS MEDAL
  • VADAMARACHCHI OPERATION MEDAL
  • RIVIRESA CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL
  • 50 TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY MEDAL 1998
  • SRI LANKA ARMY 50 TH ANNIVERSARY MEDAL 1999
  • SRI LANKA ARMED SERVICES LONG SERVICE MEDAL 1979

Major General Dias is married to Mrs Thanuja Dias and blessed with two daughters, Saranya and Samitha.

Major General Dias is the Chairman of Army Boxing Committee. Also he handled the Army Muaythai (Thai Boxing) Committee as its founder Chairman since 08 March 2017 to October 2017. Presently he discharges his duties as the Commander Security Forces (Central) and as the Colonel Commandant of Sri Lanka Artillery in addition to these two appointment he overlook the duties as a Commander Army Training Command.