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Heroes honoured for outstanding service

By Poornima Ravishan Wijemanne
Thirty seven members of the Army, Air Force and the Navy received the Vishishta Seva Vibhushana decoration by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday at the Presidential Secretariat.
The Vishishta Seva Vibhushana bestowed in recognition of more than 25 years of continuous and outstanding service is considered the highest decoration achievable in the military career.
Amongst those who attended the ceremony were Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Presidentís Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and CDS Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera.

The following men were honoured with the Vishishta Seva Vibhushana decoration:

Sri Lanka Army
Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka
Major General J.K.N. Jayakody (late)
Major General P.S.P. Kulathunga (late)
Major General L.C.R. Gunawardene (Retired)
Major General A.C.D. Wijendra (Retired)
General S.H.S. Kottegoda (Retired)
Major General M.D.S. Chandrapala (Retired)
Major General W. Mallawarachchi (Retired)
Major General S.D. Tennekoon (Retired)
Major General G. Hettiarachchi (Retired)
Major General K.B. Egodawele (Retired)
Major General S. Wanigasekara (Retired)
Major General E. Rathnasabapathi (Retired)

Sri Lanka Air Force
Commander Air Marshal W.D. R.M.J. Gunatilleke
Air Vice Marshal P.B. Premachandra
Air Vice Marshal Arunthawanathan
Air Vice Marshal N.H. Gunarathna
Air Vice Marshal G.Y. De Silva (Retired)
Air Vice Marshal O.D.N.L. Perera (Retired)
Air Vice Marshal L.H. Pieris (Retired)

Sri Lanka Navy
Vice Admiral W.K.J. Karannagoda
Rear Admiral T.M. W. K.B. Tennekoon
Rear Admiral P.L.N. Obeysinghe
Rear Admiral D.W.A.S. Dissanayake
Rear Admiral T.S.G. Samarasinghe
Rear Admiral M.R.U. Siriwardene
Rear Admiral B.A.J.G. Pieris
Rear Admiral D.N. Darmaweera
Rear Admiral L.D. Darmapriya (Retired)
Rear Admiral D.S.M. Wijewickrama (Retired)
Surgeon Rear Admiral N.G. Athulgama (Retired)
Rear Admiral H.S. Rathnakeerthi (Retired)
Rear Admiral S.P. Weerasekara (Retired)
Rear Admiral C.N. Tuduwewatte (Retired)
Rear Admiral J.H.U. Ranaweera (Retired)
Rear Admiral H.R. Mayadunne (Retired)
Rear Admiral S.R. Amaratunga (Retired)

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