Former Sri Lankan Army Commander General Mahesh Senanayake has been inducted into the United States Army Command and General Staff College International Hall of Fame.
He was given this award in a ceremony held in the US this week. Senanayake will be the first Army Commander to receive this award from Sri Lanka.
According to the United States Army Command and General Staff College, the hall’s purpose is to provide a prestigious and visible means of recognition for international graduates who through military merit obtained qualifying positions of importance in their respective country’s armed forces.
He served as the Regimental Center Commandant of the Special Forces Regiment, Commander 211 Infantry Brigade – Vavuniya, Commander Special Forces Brigade and the General Officer Commanding 52 Division – Varani, Jaffna.
During the war Sri Lankan military carried out numerous amounts of human rights violations and war crimes against Tamil civilians. Hospitals and safe zones were also bombarded by Sri Lankan army. The United Nation reports also mentioned those crimes.
The Colombo papers say that the Sri Lankan National Anthem was played at the prestigious military installation for the very first time in history as well.
Recently, the Indian President has awarded India’s top ‘Padma Shri’ awards to two Sinhalese from Sri Lanka, following that the USA has awarded its top awards to SL military.