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Jakarta Post

Yuyu Sutisna named new Air Force chief of staff after monthlong vacancy

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 17, 2018   /   10:37 am
Yuyu Sutisna named new Air Force chief of staff after monthlong vacancy President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo delivers a speech during Wednesday's inauguration of new Cabinet ministers and other state officials at the State Palace in Jakarta. (JP/Anton Hermansyah)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has inaugurated Air Chief Marshal Yuyu Sutisna as the new Air Force chief of staff to replace Hadi Tjahjanto, who was installed in December as Indonesian Military (TNI) commander.

Yuyu, who was the Air Force deputy chief of staff, was sworn in on Wednesday during a ceremony at the State Palace.

The President also promoted Yuyu to the rank of four-star Air Chief Marshal so the 55-year-old would be eligible for the post.

(Read also: Jokowi inaugurates new Cabinet ministers)

Yuyu, a 1986 Air Force Academy graduate, was among the three Air Force chief of staff candidates Hadi had proposed to the President in December through the State Secretariat.

The post of Air Force chief of staff was left vacant for more than a month after Hadi was inaugurated as TNI commander on Dec. 8 to replace Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, who will retire in March.

Yuyu, who graduated in the same batch as Hadi, served in 2012 as the Indonesian Defense Attache in Washington D.C. Before his promotion last October to Air Force deputy chief of staff, Yuyu was the commander of the National Air Defense Command. (ebf)