Agus Suhartono

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Agus Suhartono
Admiral Agus Suhartono.png
Former Commander of the Indonesian military Agus Suhartono
Born (1955-08-25) August 25, 1955 (age 61)
Blitar, East Java
Allegiance  Indonesia
Service/branch Lambang TNI AL.png Indonesian Navy
Years of service 1978-2013
Rank Admiral
Other work uk

Admiral (Ret.) Agus Suhartono (pronounced [ˈaɡʊs suharˈtono]; born August 25, 1955)[1] is the former Commander of the Indonesian military.[2]

Biography[edit]

Agus Suhartono was born in Blitar, East Java on 25 August 1955 in Blitar[1] to state employee Mangundipura and Masiyem. He attended elementary school at SDN Sukorejo 2 Blitar, junior high school at SMP Negeri 1 Blitar, and senior high school at SMA Negeri 1 Blitar. After graduating in 1974, he followed his older brother's footsteps enrolled in the Naval Academy,[3] which he graduated in 1978.[1]

He was appointed chief of staff of the Indonesian Navy on November 9, 2009.[4] He was later promoted to commander (Indonesian: Panglima) of the Indonesian National Armed Forces on September 28, 2010, replacing Djoko Santoso.[2] His appointment was well received by the People's Representative Council. Tjahjo Kumolo, the chairman for the opposition, said that Agus "deserves the post more than (the) other (chiefs of staff).”[5]

As commander, Agus has worked to increase the professionalism in the military[6] and military reform.[7] He is also hopes to modernize Indonesia's aging military equipment.[8]

Agus has also vowed to close the military-owned businesses, which have been seen as causing human rights violations by human rights groups and military analysts, and plans to further cooperation between the military and the Indonesian National Police in fighting terrorism.[7]

In 2010, Agus received the Meritorious Service Medal (Military) for fostering good relations between the Indonesian and Singaporean military.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Agus is one of ten children.[3] He has a wife, Tetty Sugiarti, and two children.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Agus Suhartono Resmi Jadi KSAL. Detik Surabaya. November 13, 2009. (Indonesian)
  2. ^ a b Adm. Agus Suhartono to be installed as new TNI chief Tuesday Archived December 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. The Jakarta Post. September 28, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Dilantik Jadi Panglima TNI, Keluarga Ingin Agus Suhartono Tetap Rendah Hati. Republika. October 1, 2010. (Indonesian)
  4. ^ Maulia, Erwida. President inaugurates new Army, Navy and Air Force chiefs Archived October 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. The Jakarta Post. November 9, 2009.
  5. ^ Siahaan, Armando and Markus Junianto Sihaloho. House of Representatives Applauds Nomination of Navy Chief to Lead TNI Archived February 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. The Jakarta Globe. September 6, 2010.
  6. ^ Indonesian Military commander opens executive meeting Archived March 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. The Jakarta Post. January 19, 2011.
  7. ^ a b New TNI commander vows to close military businesses. The Jakarta Post. September 29, 2009.
  8. ^ Marines’ equipment needs quality improvement: Military chief Archived March 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. The Jakarta Post. March 16, 2011.
  9. ^ Chan, Wayne. Indonesian army chief visits Singapore. XinMSN News. January 7, 2011.
Military offices
Preceded by
Tedjo Edhi Purdijanto
Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Soeparno
Preceded by
Djoko Santoso
Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian National Armed Forces
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Moeldoko