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Jakarta Post

Joint commands to boost TNI's cohesiveness as it observes 74th anniversary

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 5, 2019   /  05:30 pm
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Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Police chief Tito Karnavian salute during the inauguration of Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji as the new Navy chief of staff at the State Palace, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Ahead of its 74th anniversary on Saturday, the Indonesian Military (TNI) has taken what experts say is a big step toward addressing many of its current problems by forming three Joint Defense Area Commands (Kogabwilhan). It is hoped the three commands — based in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands; Balikpapan, East Kalimantan; and Biak, Papua  — will help modernize and improve interbranch coordination, as well as help solve the problem of high-ranking officer overstaffing that has plagued the TNI. TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto inaugurated the three Kogabwilhan commanders during a ceremony at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in East Jakarta last week. Rear Adm. Yudo Margono was appointed as the commander of Kogabwilhan I in Tanjung Pinang, Air Vice Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo the commander of Kogabwilhan II in Balikpapan and Maj. Gen. Ganip Warsito the com...