JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) — Indonesia’ President Joko Widodo officially inaugurated Lieutenant General Andika Perkasa as Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army at the Presidential Palace. He replaced the retired-General Mulyono, who entered the retired period.
“We see Perkasa’s track record in Kopassus (Special Forces Command), others and also the president’s security forces. There were some other candidates, but this is what we have decided,” President said during the inauguration day.
The newly-appointed Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army has caused a polemic. This young Lieutenant General is known as the son-in-law of former Chief of State Intelligence Agency A.M, Hendropriyono who’s closed to Widodo’ party Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan Party.
Perkasa graduated from the military academy in 1987. After graduated, he started his military career as first infantry officer in the elite force Special Forces Command. Perkasa possessed 12 years experience and held some positions in the elite force.
After that, Perkasa was moved as Defense and Security Strategy Studies Section Head of Defense Department in Ministry of Defense. He then posted as Army Communication Office Head while his rank was upgraded to Brigadier General in 2013.
Perkasa’s career rocketed in President Widodo’s ruling. He was assigned as President Security Force Commander ranked Major General, only two days after Widodo’s inauguration as Indonesia President in 2014.
After 18 months in presidential office, he was transferred as Commander of the Military Command XII Tanjungpura, East Kalimantan in May 2016. Subsequently, he was promoted to Lieutenant General, and posted as Doctrine, Education, and Training Development Commander.
Seven months afterwards, Perkasa was promoted again as Commander of the Army Strategic Command Chief, before appointed to command the Army.
The 53 years old man holds several educational qualifications behind his name. He has three master’s degree and a doctoral degree from United States. Universities he attended are The Military College of Vermont in Norwich University, National War College in National Defense University, Harvard University, and The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration in The George Washington University.
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