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Acuity Spotlight: Lalith Priyanka Wijewickrama Athapattu, Sri Lankan Army

The Acuity Spotlight is our way of highlighting some of the incredibly talented individuals that we’re lucky enough to have on our team. At Acuity, we value diversity and inclusion and focus our attention on bringing candidates who have a wide range of backgrounds and experiences onboard. Our mission is to build enduring relationships that provide secure, stable, and long-term predictable outcomes and we are grateful for the men and women of Acuity who embody our corporate values in everything they do.

Which branch of the military did you serve in?
I served as a member of the Sri Lanka Army Commando Regiment for 14 years which is one of two special operations units of the Sri Lankan Army.

What are some of the things you remember about adapting to military life?
Some of the things I remember as part of my adaptation to military life were the discipline required to be a member of the unit and the teamwork that was emphasized throughout the training and continued once assigned to the unit. In addition, the arduous physical and mental training/preparation that I was required to maintain as a member of the unit along with high standards of moral conduct and good behavior that are expected of each member of the regiment. Something that was hard for my family was that they had to adapt and learn that assignment to the regiment meant I would not be at home for long periods of time.

When did you leave the military? What were your first few months out of the service like?
I completed my tour with the Sri Lanka Army in August of 2010. My first few months were hectic because I had to learn how to adapt to civilian life. After leaving the military, I realized the freedom I had and appreciated the opportunity to spend more time with my family.

How would you describe the work you do at Acuity and the impact it is making?
I am happy to be a part of the Acuity team. I have worked as a member of the Balad team for seven years in several different positions in different departments. I enjoy the opportunity to work with people from different cultures who speak different languages.

What is your proudest career moment?
The proudest moment of my military career was when the war ended in Sri Lanka in 2009.


About the Author

Lalith Priyanka Wijewickrama Athapattu, Balad Air Base Life Support/Security Services Project, Sri Lankan Army

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