New commander for Indonesian Military

New commander for Indonesian Military
Handover of command: In this file photo, Incoming Indonesian Military Chief General Gatot Nurmantyo (L) shakes hands with outgoing Military Chief General Moeldoko (R) during the swearing-in ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta on July 8.

Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo has officially begun to serve as the Indonesian Military (TNI) commander, replacing his predecessor Gen. Moeldoko who has entered retirement, after a handover ceremony at the TNI headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, on Tuesday.

Based on Presidential Decree (Keppres) No. 49/TNI/2015, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo appointed Gatot as the new TNI chief.

Born in Tegal, Central Java, on March 13, 1960, Gatot was a 1982 graduate of the Armed Forces Academy (AKABRI). The former Army chief of staff served in the infantry division of the Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad).

Prior to his appointment as the 30th Army chief of staff by former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Gatot served as the chief of the Military Education and Training Command in Bandung (Kodiklat), Kostrad commander, military region command (Kodam) V/Brawijaya commander and Military Academy (Akmil) governor, as well as holding several other strategic military positions.

During a 30-year period of service in the TNI, Gatot has been awarded with several decorations, including the Bintang Dharma, Bintang Bintang Yudha Dharma Pratama, Bintang Kartika Eka Paksi Pratama, Bintang Yudha Dharma Nararya and Bintang Kartika Eka Paksi Nararya.

Other rewards are the Satya Lencana Kesetiaan pins for eight, 16 and 24 years of service, the Satya Lencana Raksaka Dharma, Satya Lencana Seroja and Satya Lencana Widya Sista.

As many as 1,664 Army, Navy and Air Force personnel attended Gatot and Moeldoko's handover ceremony.

Several primary defense weapons, such as four Scorpion tanks and four Anoa tactical vehicles belonging to the Army were showcased during the ceremony. Four BMB amphibious tanks, two RM 70 rocket launchers and two LVT-7 vehicles belonging to the Navy's Marine Corps were also presented.


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