Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP USP ndc psc
Major General Milinda Peiris joined the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet in 1980 and had his basic training at the Officers Training School in Madras in India. He was commissioned into the 1st Reconnaissance Regiment Sri Lanka Armoured Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant on completion of his training. He has held vital and important appointments in the Army commensurate with each rank. He is a graduate of National Defence College New Delhi, Command and Staff College, Bangladesh and Armour School , Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA. He has had higher military training in both India and Pakistan. He was the chief of a technical military delegation to Ukraine and had been a member of technical military delegations to Russia, Ukraine and Czech Republic.
Major General Milinda was the Military Assistant at the Army Commander's Secretariat and also the Grade 1 Staff Officer at the Military Secretary's Branch. He commanded the 5th Regiment of the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps with distinction. He was also the Commanding Officer of the Officer Cadet Wing at the Sri Lanka Military Academy. Subsequently, he commanded the 561 Infantry Brigade, 232 Infantry Brigade and was also the Coordinating Officer for the respective areas of responsibility. i.e. Omanthai and Valachchainai. Thereafter he commanded the Armoured Brigade. He was the Director Operations at the Joint Operations Headquarters and had been appointed as the Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché for Sri Lanka in the USA. Major General Milinda Peiris Commanded the 22 Division in Trincomalee as the General Officer Commanding during the period of liberation of the East by the Security Forces. After that, he was appointed as the Director General of the Centre for Research and Development, MOD and Military Secretary to the Army Headquarters prior to his present duties.
Presently, he is the Vice Chancellor of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. Over his present responsibility, Major General Milinda Peiris is the Colonel Commandant of the Mechanized Infantry Regiment. He is also serving as a member of the Council, University of Moratuwa and a member of the Board of Management of the Lakshman Kadiragamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS)
He holds a Masters degree in Philosophy (MPhil) awarded by the University of Madras, Post Graduate Diploma in Management, OUSL, Sri Lanka, Diploma in Senior Level Defence Management in University of Indore, India.
He is a recipient of Rana Wickrama Padakkama (RWP) and Rana Sura Padakkama (RSP) awarded for conspicuous gallantry in battle. Also a recipient of the Uttama Seva Padakkama (USP) for his unblemished military career in the Army and the Legion of Merit (LOM) which is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.
Major General Milinda is married to Nilan, a lawyer by profession and is blessed with two sons, Malik and Avinash.