and Combat Efficiency System, generally referred as PACES is an
initiative to improve the physical standards of military personnel
which help them in enhancing their strength, ability and coordination
between the mind and the body. As conceptualized by the Commander,
Security Force - Jaffna, Major General Dharshana Hettiarrachchi,
a PACES Competition was introduced in Jaffna Peninsula with the
objective of improving physical standards of Officers / Soldiers,
that are so essential for future multi-dimensional battlefield
With the guidance of the Commander, Security Force - Jaffna, the
event was organized by the General Staff Officer I (Operation
and Training), Lieutenant Colonel Nishantha Muthumala under the
supervision of Major General Roshan Senevirathna, the General
Officer Commanding, 51 Division in coordination with Colonel Senaka
Kasthurimudali, the Brigade Commander, 515 Brigade.
42 competing teams from different regiments in Jaffna area participated
in the selections held from 26 February to 6 March 2018, in order
to be selected as the best out of the best, both for teams and
individuals.5 Sri Lanka Army Service Corps placed the overall
best PACES team whilst 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry and 7 (V) Gajaba
Regiment secured second and third places respectively.
S/578365 Corporal Haputhantri PPD from 5 Sri Lanka Army Service
Corps placed the fittest of the fits and S/828421 Corporal Ajith
Kumara DMJ from 4 Mechanized Infantry Regiment placed the second.
The third place was secured by S/D100848 Private Lakmal WD from
2 (V) Sri Lanka Light Infantry. S/578365 Corporal Haputhantri
PPD managed to complete 3.2 km run in 11 Min 24 Sec, do 34 pushup,
972 sit-ups, 443 push-ups and completed CET in 69 Sec to become
the fittest among all.
Major General Dharshana Hettiarrachchi, the Commander, Security
Force - Jaffna who graced the closing ceremony as the Chief Guest,
which held at Mailaddy Firing Range on 7 March 2018 awarded the
trophies and merit certificates for winning teams and individuals.
General Officer Commanders, Brigade Commanders, Senior Officers
and number of Army Personnel attended the closing ceremony.