The Sri Lanka Air Force Excellence Awards 2022 was held at the Eagles’ Lagoon View Banquet Hall,
Katunayake today (15 March 2023) under the patronage of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal
Sudarshana Pathirana. Outstanding performances of the Airmen and Airwomen within the Air Force were
recognized and appreciated in order to motivate them to strive for continued excellence through
The ceremony commenced with the customary illumination of the oil lamp as well as the observation of
two minutes of silence. The SLAF Dancing Troupe presented a variety of cultural acts at the event. The
Commander and other dignitaries were welcomed by the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Air
Vice Marshal Lasitha Sumanaweera. The Commander addressed the audience after the trophies were
awarded, praising the value that everyone who was honoured during the ceremony had contributed to the
SLAF and inspiring all Airmen and Airwomen to continue striving for excellence in the years to come.
Based on criteria established by respective directorates, finalists were nominated for consideration and
further selection was done by an independent panel that was appointed by the Commander of the Air
Force, to honour them as outstanding performers in each trade and for their contribution to the
development of the SLAF during the year 2022. Accordingly, the candidates who obtain the highest
points from the selection process are awarded the “Most Outstanding Airman and Airwoman” trophies
with attractive cash rewards.
This year, Warrant Officer RGS Priyankara (Catering Specialist) from the No.01 Leisure and Recreation
Wing at SLAF Academy Chinabay and Corporal Lakshika AP (Ground Stewardess Assistant) from the
Officers’ Mess at SLAF Base Katunayake were named the Most Outstanding Airman and Airwoman for
the Year 2022.
The team from the Air Defence Radar Squadron from SLAF Station Mirigama won the “Best Research
Team” award this year having obtained the highest points during the selection process. The team won this
award for its research on “Air Defence Simulator System at Air Defence Operation Centre”.
The award for the Best Quality Control Circle (QCC) was yet again won by the QCC titled “Diya
Pibiduma”—Pure water runs life—forwarded by the SLAF Combat Training School at Diyatalawa. This
year, the award for the Best Environment Management Project for the year 2022 was secured by Sri
Lanka Air Force Station Palavi.