President Jokowi Inaugurates Andika Perkasa as Army Chief
President Joko Jokowi Widodo inaugurated Commander of Army Strategic Command (Pangkostrad) Lieutenant General (Lt. Gen.) Andika Perkasa as Army Chief of Staff (KSAD), at the State Palace, Jakarta, Thursday (22/11).
The inauguration is based on Presidential Decree Number 97/TNI/2018, read by Military Secretary (Sesmil) Marshal Tresno Hendradi.
For the record, the military rank of Andika Perkasa was risen one level to become General and he replaced General Moelyono, who is about to enter his retirement.
Also present during the event were, among others; First Lady Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo, Ibu Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto, Commander of the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Deputy Chief of Indonesian National Police (Polri) Commissioner General Ari Dono.
General Andika Perkasa was born on 21 December 1964 and has a good career in the TNI. He was appointed as Head of Information Service (Kadispen) of the Indonesian Army (TNI AD) on 8 November 2013 with rank of Brigadier General.
After that, he became Commander of the Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) to replace Major General Doni Munardo and got a promotion as Major General.
In 2016, Andika Perkasa was appointed as Commander of the Tanjungpura Regional Military Command (Pangdam). On 15 January 2018, he became Commander of, Education, Training, and Doctrine Development Command of the Indonesian Army (Dan Kodiklat TNI AD) with Lieutenant General rank.
After six months serving as Dan Kodiklat TNI AD, Andika was promoted as Pangkostrad, replacing Edy Rahmayadi who entered his retirement.
Now, at the age of 54, Andika Perkasa officially holds a 4-star general, after President Jokowi appointed him as Army Chief of Staff replacing General Moelyono. (MAY/AGG/ES)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Yuyu Mulyani