Sarath Fonseka, the former Army Chief of Sri Lanka, on 22 March 2015 was conferred with the country's highest military rank of Field Marshal. He was awarded the honorary title by President Maithripala Sirisena for achieving victory over terrorism.
With this, Foneska became the first Sri Lankan Army officer to become Field Marshal. Fonsenka is a former Chief of Defence Staff and is now a member of Sri Lanka Parliament from Colombo district.
Under his leadership, the 26-year Sri Lankan Civil War came to an end in 2009 in which the rebels Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were defeated by Sri Lankan army.
Earlier, he was jailed for three years on alleged treason charges by the previous regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2012; however, with the electing of Sirisena as President of Sri Lanka in 2014, he was cleared of all allegations including those of treason by using his executive powers.
When: 22 March 2015