General Mahesh Senanayake inducted into the U.S. Army Command Hall of Fame


COLOMBO (New 1st); Former Sri Lankan Army Commander General Mahesh Senanayake has been inducted into the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College International Hall of Fame.

This award is given to officers who have held the highest positions in various states and who have rendered great service to their country while upholding their professional dignity.

Former Army Commander General Mahesh Senanayake will go down in history as the first Army Commander to receive this award from Sri Lanka.

General Mahesh Senanayake, an alumnus of Ananda College Colombo, was drafted into the Sri Lankan army in 1981 as an officer cadet and in 1983 passed out as the 1st in order of merit, while winning the sword of honor.

General Mahesh Senanayake, who was appointed second lieutenant, volunteered for an inter-unit transfer and joined the Special Forces Regiment as a founding member of the Engineer Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army in 1989.

He was actively involved in all operations in the north and east and was also instrumental in introducing the concept of long-range reconnaissance patrol to the Sri Lankan Army.

General Senanayake has held a number of positions, including additional regimental employment at the Sri Lanka Military Academy as an Officer Instructor. He was also the commander of the regimental center of the regiment of special forces, commander of the 211th infantry brigade – Vavuniya, commander of the special forces brigade and general officer commanding the 52nd division – Varani, Jaffna.

He also served as Director of the Army Command and Staff College and Director of Planning at Army Headquarters during the decisive period of the humanitarian operation, after being promoted to rank of brigadier.

In February 2015, he was appointed military secretary at the army headquarters and then served as the commander of the security forces in Jaffna before being appointed chief of staff of the Sri Lankan army.

On July 4, 2017, he was appointed 22nd Commander of the Sri Lanka Army.

General Mahesh Senanayake is a graduate of the prestigious United States Army Command and General Staff College and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India.

In recognition of his bravery and bravery in the face of the enemy during operations, General Senanayake was awarded medals such as Rana Wickrama, Rana Soora, Wishishta Sewa Vibhushana and the Uththama Seva Medal for his unblemished service in the military. .

After the end of the 30-year civil war, he led the Sri Lankan army in the face of international pressure and helped improve civilian life in the north and east.

General Mahesh Senanayake, who guided the Sri Lankan army to ensure national security following the attacks of 21/04, has always been committed to preserving unity and harmony between the communities.

General Mahesh Senanayake made some bold and enlightening statements during his service.

“There is no segregation of race, religion or color within the Sri Lankan army. We are protecting the country as one.

“Ensuring security is my duty. I ensured safety and security in the country.

“We will act in a way that reminds all communities across the country that they will enjoy security without discrimination.”

General Mahesh Senanayake, who has bolstered the Sri Lankan army by instilling modern technology in its operations, yesterday retired from the post of Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, bidding farewell to an illustrious career that has lasted nearly four decades.

Sri Lanka’s national anthem was also played at the prestigious military installation for the very first time in history.


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