The Jakarta Post
The Air Force's 72nd anniversary celebrations at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta on Monday featured a spectacular line-up of flying displays.
Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto attended the ceremony, which culminated in a two-day anniversary celebration from Saturday to Sunday.
"The commemoration of the Air Force's anniversary is an attempt to preserve the historical values of fighting spirit and service," Air Force chief of staff Marshal Yuyu Sutisna said as quoted by tempo.co in Jakarta on Monday.
Air Force spokesman First Marshal Jemi Trisonjaya said the celebrations were conceived as a "people's party" in which the public was invited to attend the event for free.
The celebrations included musical performances and flying displays from the Jupiter Aerobatic Team and the Air Force Academy drum band, among others.
Yuyu said the celebrations reflected the closeness between the TNI and the people. The Air Force would continue to support the government's programs and help make Indonesia a global maritime power, he further said.
Yuyu reminded the airmen to keep safety in mind when conducting their duties and ensure that all risks were mitigated.
The ceremony concluded with a traditional drum and pencak silat performance. (ebf)