Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has officially begun his tenure as the Indonesian Military (TNI) commander, replacing Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, after a handover ceremony at the military headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, on Saturday.
At the ceremony, Gatot thanked all military personnel who had supported him during his term as commander. He also expressed his support that his successor could meet the nations expectations in leading the TNI.
“Good luck on carrying out a not-so-easy mandate,” Gatot said as quoted by Antara news agency.
Hadi reasserted his determination to develop the military’s professional capabilities to win the publics trust, as well as working under the designated minimum essential force (MEF) corridor.
“The TNI will continue the programs initiated by Pak Gatot,” Hadi said, referring to his predecessor.
The handover ceremony took place only a day after Hadi was sworn in as TNI commander on Friday at the Presidential Palace. The former Air Force chief of staff replaced Gatot, who was dismissed with honor by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo earlier this week.
Hadi will lead the TNI until his retirement in 2020. (kuk)