Association of Retired
Flag Rank Officers

02nd December 2018 14:45:25 Hours

ARFRO Masterminds Competition - 2018, organised by the Association of Retired Flag Rank Officers (ARFRO)

ARFRO Masterminds Competition - 2018, organised by the Association of Retired Flag Rank Officers (ARFRO) was held on 01 Dec 2018 at Golden Rose, Borelesgamuwa with participation of around 300 Officers from the Sri Lanka Army, Navy and Air Force, with Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest.

The Competition was conducted with the aim of creating different learning opportunities for members of Armed Forces whilst focusing on improving their reading skills and knowledge of important subjects, such as Military History, Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Sports and Science, of which in-depth knowledge is expected from all officers of Tri- Forces throughout their military life.

President of ARFRO, Rear Admiral Sarath Rathnakeerthi, describes that the objectives of ARFRO Masterminds Competition (ARFROMC) are (a) to arrange a platform for the members of Armed Forces to test and add value to their knowledge (b) to provide an opportunity to showcase the knowledge of members of Armed Forces and disseminate their knowledge among other members (c) to create a quizzing culture among the members of Armed Forces, and (d) to launch an event that can be added as an icon to the annual calendar of events of ARFRO. in the future. Appreciating ARFRO for initiating knowledge based competition for the first time in military history and for creating a platform for the members of Armed Forces to test and add value to their knowledge, Chief Guest Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake viewed that the competition can be considered as a significant part of the intellectual renaissance in the Sri Lankan Military History. Adding his opinion of the event, he emphasised that this type of competitions would certainly enhance the critical thinking and creative skills which will develop participant’s judgmental skills and decision making ability in both professional and personal life. He admired the initiative taken by ARFRO to organise such an important event.

Commenting on the conduct of the competition, Major General Upul Perera of ARFRO, Chairman of the Steering Committee of ARFROMC - 2018 stated, “This being the first of its kind, we put in all our efforts to ensure that the competition was conducted in the most elegant manner not forgetting the high standards of ARFRO. Conducting Masterminds Competitions is a different type of educational tool where participants are encouraged to learn and appear for the competitions.

Although it looks similar to the process followed in preparing for a written examination, difference in Masterminds’ Competitions is that there are no specific boundaries or margins within which the competitors should do their studies in preparatory stages. They have to expect questions from the subject matter; irrespective of their level of importance hence competitors should have a thorough knowledge of the entire subject spectrum. The competition went off well and amazingly we had 87 x teams, each team comprising of 3 x officers, contesting for the ARFRO Masterminds Challenge Trophy. ARFRO would like to pay gratitude, to the Commanders of Tri- Forces and Vice Chancellor of Kotelawala Defence University who promptly made arrangements to send competitors for the ARFROMC. ARFRO was indeed privileged to have Dr Ajith Colonne who was invited to deliver a lecture on Intelligence and add value to this competition and ARFRO sincerely pay utmost gratitude to

him for allocating his precious time to share his knowledge with all participants of ARFROMC ”.

Major General (Dr) Dudley Perera of ARFRO chaired the Panel of Judges of the ARFRO Masterminds Competition - 2018. He added, “Competition was enjoyed by all present and I am confident that competitors are delighted as they had an opportunity to showcase their knowledge, upgrade and disseminate it. Judging was a tough task too. Many were equally good hence we had to conduct tie breakers with different marking schemes to select the winner. Feedback received was very encouraging and many have indicated their willingness to participate in the future Masterminds Competitions too”.

Team represented Sri Lanka Air Force Base, Ratmalana was adjudicated the Winner of the ARFRO Masterminds Challenge Trophy with teams from Eastern Naval Area and Kotelawala Defence University securing the 1st Runner up Trophy and 2nd Runner up Trophy respectively.

Maj Gen Sumith Padumadasa (Retd) & Maj Gen Renaka Udawatte (Retd) together with Chairman of the Steering Committee Maj Gen Upul Perera (Retd) raised required funds to conduct the ARFROMC