Name: Colonel Pradeep Ratnayake RSP USP psc M Def S BA (Def Std)
Profession: Commissioned Officer, Sri Lanka Army
Appointment: Dean – Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies
Colonel Pradeep Rathnayake is from The Gemunu Watch of Sri Lanka Army. After the studies at Eheliyagoda Central College (National School) , he Joined Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet to General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy (KDA) on 17 October 1993. After completion of the basic military training at KDA and Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA), he was commissioned to the rank of Second Lieutenant on 21 Dec 1996 and posted to the Gemunu Watch, one of the premier Infantry Regiments of Sri Lanka Army and subsequently posted to 4th battalion the Gemunu Watch.
He took part in almost all the military operations conducted against LTTE in the North and East since 1997 to 2009. Then involved in Internal Security matters and disaster relief operations in the island, further, he has hold following important appointments in unit lines/regiment and formations.
- Platoon Commander
- Rifle Company Commander
- Support Company Commander
- Company 2nd in Command in UN peace keeping mission in Haiti.
- Battalion Commander
- Battalion Adjutant – 4th Battalion the Gemunu Watch
- Staff officer 3 (Admin) – Regimental Centre, the Gemunu Watch
- General staff officer 2 – 52 Infantry Division
- General staff officer 2 – Security Force Head quarters (Jaffna)
- Regimental Adjutant – Regimental Centre, the Gemunu watch
- General Staff Officer 1 – Regimental Centre, the Gemunu Watch
- Academic Coordinator – National Defence College, Sri Lanka
- Instructor at the Institute of Peace Support Operations, Sri Lanka. (IPSOTSL)
- Squadron Commander – Kotelawala Defence University.
- Instructor for the Special Leadership packages conducted to university students’/school prefects.
In recognition of his valuable and unblemished service rendered to the Army/ Country, he has awarded with following medals.
- Ranashoora Padakkama
- Uttama Seva Padakkama
- Poornabhoomi Padakkama
- North and East Operational Medal
- Riviresa Campaign Medal
- North Humanitarian Operational Medal
- East Humanitarian Operational Medal
- Sri Lanka Army 50th Anniversary Medal
- 50th Anniversary of Independence Medal
- Sri Lanka Armed Services Long Service Medal
- MINUSTAH Medal for the UN Mission
- Videsha Seva Medal