MAJOR GENERAL HWMSDB PANANWALA, RSP, nduMBA, MSc, PGDHRM, PGD in D and WA, BA, Dip Def Mgt
Major General Santhusitha Dhammika Pananwala is a product of Ananda College, Colombo. He was a College Prefect. He played Rugger and represented school at all age groups and represented the University of Colombo. He captained the 2nd XV team for the school and the University of Colombo and has received colours.
He was enlisted to the Sir John Kothalawala Defence Academy (KDA) under Intake III on 03 August 1982. As a Service Cadet at KDA, he was also privileged to pursue undergraduate Degree at the University of Colombo.
He opted to join the Corps of Engineers and was posted to the 1st Field Engineers Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant. He commanded all three Field Squadrons, Plant Squadron and became the Second in Command at 6 Sri Lanka Engineers (RFT). Thereafter, he served as the Squadron Commander of (EOD) Explosive Ordinance Disposal Squadron. As a Commanding Officer, he commanded 8 SLE (RFT) in Kokuthuduwai and the 1st Field Engineer Regiment respectively. In addition, he has served as the Commanding Officer of the Independent Workshop.
He commanded 524 Infantry Brigade at Point Pedro as the Brigade Commander. Thereafter, he served as the Area Commander at Area Head Quarters Diyathalawa, Commander 643 Infantry Brigade at Mutthiyankattu, General Officer Commanding - 64 Infantry Division at Oddusuddan and General Officer Commanding - 23 Infantry Division at Punani. Presently he is serving as the Commander Security Force Head Quarters (East).
As a senior staff officer, he has held following staff appointments:
a. General Staff Officer I (Ops) at 55 Infantry Division.
b. General Staff Officer I (Coord) at Army Command and Staff College.
c. General Staff Officer I (Plans) at the Army Headquarters.
d. Colonel General Staff at HQ 52 Infantry Division and HQ 11 Division.
e. Regimental Center Commandant of the Commando Regiment.
f. Director Veteran Affairs at the Directorate of Veteran Affairs.
g. Director/Director General Staff Duties at Directorate of Staff Duties at Army Headquarters.
He has built his capacity by attending several courses overseas. He attended Engineer Young Officers Course in India, Mid Carrier Course in Pakistan, Combined Officers Bomb Disposal Course in India, Senior Command Course in India, Strategic Studies Course for Near East South Asia at NDU Washington DC USA, Peace Support Operations Staff Course in Indonesia, Project Management Course at Naresuan University Thailand and National Security and War Course at NDU in Islamabad Pakistan and declared an “Outstanding Honour Graduate” because of his exceptional performance during the course.
He represented Corps of Engineer's team in Combat Shooting. He won several 1st places in Lt Col category at Inter Unit Level and formation level from 2001 - 2003. In the year 2003, he won the 1st place and was adjusted as the best Lt Col in the Inter Regiment Combat Shoot 2003 conducted by the Army Small Arms Association.
In addition, Major General Santhusitha Pananwala has followed and completed under mentioned programmes:
a. Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Colombo.
b. Post Graduate Diploma in Diplomacy and World Affairs with Merit at the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institution.
c. Post Graduate in Human Resources Management (PGDHRM) at the University of Colombo.
d. Master of Science (MSc) programme at the National Defence University Islamabad Pakistan. His submitted research paper was on “An Examination of the Role of Security Forces in the Nation Building of Post Conflict Sri Lanka”.
e. Modern Concepts of Organizational and Project Management in Naresuan University Thailand.
f. Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Merit from Anglia Ruskin University United Kingdom.
Major General Santhusitha Pananwala has been awarded with “Rana Sura Padakkama” (RSP) thrice for his acts of bravery as a Troop/Squadron Commander and the “Desha Puthra Sammanaya” for Wounded in Action.