SRI LANKAN DEFENCE ATTACHÉ IN
US VISITS WESTPOINT MILITARY ACADEMY
Meets with Historic First Two Sri Lankan
Brigadier Rohan Jayasinghe, the Defence, Military, Naval and
Air Attaché to the United States in Washington DC was recently
invited to the prestigious United States Military Academy at Westpoint
in the state of New York. Westpoint is one of the world’s
oldest military academies and has been in existence for over 200
years. The academy is operated by the United States Department
of the Army to train and educate students to be officers in the
United States Army. Founded by the Congress of the United States
in 1802, the academy was the first school of engineering in the
country. At present Westpoint accommodates approximately 4400
cadets including women.
Brigadier Jayasinghe in conversation with Brigadier General
Scaparrotti, Commandant of the Corps of Cadets
The visit, conducted on October 29,2004 was of much significance
due to the fact that Sri Lanka has for the first time in history,
two Cadets at this prestigious academy. Cadets Mendaka Hettithanthri
and Dilan Jayakody are presently freshmen, commonly known as “Plebes”.
Hettithanthri, a former Royalist had completed a year’s
training at the Sri Lanka Military Academy whilst Jayakody, from
Maris Stella College had already completed three years at the
Kotelawala Defence Academy prior to being selected for Westpoint.
Brigadier Jayasinghe and Brigadier General Scaparrotti exchanging
Brigadier Jayasinghe was taken on a conducted tour of the academy
by Professor Grover of the Geography Department and met with Tactical
officers responsible for the two Sri Lankan Cadets. The two cadets,
according to these officers, are performing “extremely well”
and “would continue to perform better in the future since
they are exceptional individuals”. The Defence Attaché
also met with the Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, Brigadier
General Curtis M. Scaparrotti where mementos were exchanged. General
Scaparrotti thanked Sri Lanka for selecting and sending two outstanding
cadets to Westpoint.
Cadet Dilan Jayakody (Left) and Cadet Mendaka Hettithanthri
with Brigadier Rohan Jayasinghe
Later, Brigadier Jayasinghe spoke to select classes of cadets
on the Organization of the Sri Lanka Army and its present functions.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
03 November 2004