The establishment of the new NBTF aptly coincides with the Commander’s much-treasured vision that one third of the organization should always be dedicated to ‘nation-building’ while the remaining portions should be equally devoted to ‘capacity-building’ and ‘administration’ since the Sri Lanka Army, like any other global ones elsewhere, is fast entering into a world of capacity-based modernization, considering sophisticated security challenges that lay ahead.
On arrival at Mattegoda, the day’s Chief Guest was welcomed in a Guard Turnout before a simple religious ceremony, led by Buddhist monks invoked blessings on the new NBTF.
A brief welcome note by Brigadier Chandana Wijesundera spelt out the NBTF’s vision and the envisaged mission as guided by the Commander of the Army, the think-tank behind the move.
A speech made by Major General Hettiarachchi, a few minutes later explained the significance of its birth and urged all to make it a huge success since it would boost the Army image further. Lighting of the traditional oil lamp at the outset of the proceedings warmed the new NBTF office in conformity with age-old traditions.
Towards the end of the ceremony, the declaration to the successful founding of the NBTF and its mission was signed before it was presented to the Commander of the Army.
The landmark ceremony was graced by Chief Field Engineer, Major General D.S Weeraman, Quarter Master General, Major General H.J.S Gunawardane, Director General, Directorate of Overseas Operations, Major General M.M.S Perera, Commander, Engineer Brigade, Brigadier W.M.G.C.S.B Wijeyasundera, Centre Commandant, Sri Lanka Engineers Regiment, Brigadier S.T.B Dissanayake, Senior Officers and Other Ranks.