Military Chief Hadi Tjahjanto Inauguration

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia President Joko Widodo on Friday afternoon (8/12) installed Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto as new Military Chief, replacing current General Commander Gatot Nurmantyo, whose tenure will end in April 2018.

Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto was proposed by Widodo to House Representative early this week as sole candidate for the new Military Chief. On Thursday, the House of Representative (DPR) at a plenary session approved his nomination, clearing path for him to hold the top military post.

The plenary session was held a day after a House Commission conducted fit and proper test for the Air Marshal Tjahjanto. Observers have said the new Military Chief will play crucial role in help guarding the security of the nation ahead and during the presidential election in 2019.

Tjahjanto was previously the Air Force Chief. He was sworn in to his current position in January 2017.

Hadi, a 1986 Air Force Academy graduate, is no stranger to the President. He served as head of the Adi Soemarmo Air Base in Surakarta, Central Java, when President Widodo was holding the post as Surakarta Mayor in 2010 and 2011.

In 2013, he became the spokesman of the Air Force, and two years later he was assigned to become commander of the Malang Abdurrahman Saleh air base in East Java.

President Widodo, who was sworn in as the country’s seventh President in October 2014, later promoted Tjahjanto to become Presidential Military Secretary in 2015.

Under Widodo’s administration, Tjahjanto’s military career skyrocketed. In 2015, he received another promotion to become the Defense Ministry’s Inspector General, and the State Palace increased his rank from a two star to three star Air Force General. (*)