Indonesian Military, or TNI, chief Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto installed new commanders of Army Special Force, or Kopassus, and Navy’s Western Fleet Command in a fresh top-rank officials rotation, a statement from TNI on Saturday (03/03) confirmed. (Logo courtesy of TNI)

TNI Chief Appoints New Kopassus, Navy Western Fleet Commanders


MARCH 05, 2018

Jakarta. Indonesian Military chief Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has appointed new commanders to the Army Special Forces Command, or Kopassus, and the Navy's Western Fleet Command, in a fresh rotation of high-ranking officers on Friday (02/03).

A total of 35 officers between the ranks of colonel and three-star general – 16 from the Army, 14 from the Navy and five from the Air Force – have been moved to new posts, some in preparation for their retirement.

"The rotations are made to meet the organization needs of the TNI [Indonesian Military] … and to optimize military duties, which are [now] more complex and dynamic," the military said in a statement on Saturday.

Maj. Gen. Eko Margiyono, who previously served as governor of the military academy, has been appointed as commander of Kopassus to replace Maj. Gen. Madsuni, who now heads Military District Command XIII Merdeka, which is responsible for North Sulawesi, Gorontalo and Central Sulawesi.

First Adm. Yudo Margono meanwhile, who previously served as head of the Military Sealift Command, now commands the Western Fleet, which consists of five Navy bases situated in Sumatra, Java and Kalimantan.

He replaces Rear Adm. Aan Kurnia, who has been promoted as operational assistant to the chief of the Navy.