Ubaya Madawela

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Ubaya Medawela
Ubaya Madawela.jpg
Medawela delivering a speech at a US-Sri Lanka event
Born Kegalle, Sri Lanka
Allegiance  Sri Lanka
Service/branch  Sri Lanka Army
Years of service 1981 - 2016
Rank Major General
Unit Sri Lanka Armoured Corps
Commands held Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army
Military Adviser to Sri Lanka mission to the United Nations in New York
Battles/wars Sri Lankan Civil War
Insurrection 1987-89
Awards Rana Sura Padakkama bar.GIF Rana Sura Padakkama
Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya medal bar.svg Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya
Uttama Seva Padakkama Bar.gif Uttama Seva Padakkama
Other work Nature Conservation and Wild Life Protection, Cross Culture Communication for Harmony

Major General Ubaya Medawela RSP, VSV, USP, ndu, psc, MSc was a senior officer of the Sri Lanka Army and its 48th Chief of Staff.[1]


Ubaya received his education from Nalanda College Colombo (where he was a Senior Cadet) alongside peers such as Air Chief Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala, Major General Ajith Wickramasinghe, Udaya Ranawaka and former Sri Lanka test cricketer Sanath Kaluperuma.[2][3][4] He is a graduate of the New Zealand Defence College and the University of Madras, holding a MSc in Defence and Strategic Studies with an Instructor Grading.

Military career[edit]

Medawela enlisted in the army in 1981, receiving his commission on 18 July 1982 as a 2nd Lieutenant and posted to the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps. He was the commander 554 Infantry Brigade in Kilaly, Jaffna and later became Centre Commandant of the Armoured Corps.

In 1995, he was appointed commander to the 1st Reconnaissance Regiment and also held the appointments of Military Assistant to the Commander of the Army and Aide-de-camp to a General Officer Commanding.

Ubaya has also been military attaché in the Sri Lankan mission to the United Nations in New York, and the army's Security Force Commander (Central & West) and a military spokesman.[5][6][7]

Medawala has followed overseas career military courses in India, Pakistan, Singapore, Czech Republic, China and the USA.


Military offices
Preceded by
Milinda Peiris
Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army
November 2016 - March 2017
Succeeded by
Mahesh Senanayake