Apirat Kongsompong

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Apirat Kongsompong
อภิรัชต์ คงสมพงษ์
Assistant Commander in Chief, Royal Thai Army
Assumed office
1 October 2017
Member of National Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
27 September 2014
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Government Lottery Office
Assumed office
1 May 2015
Personal details
Born (1960-03-23) March 23, 1960 (age 58)
Bangkok, Thailand
Spouse(s) Associate Professor Kritika Kongsompong, Ph.D.
Alma mater National Defence College
Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy
Military service
Allegiance Thailand
Service/branch Royal Thai Army
Years of service 1985 - present
Rank General
Commands Assistant Commander in Chief
Commanding General of the 1st Army Area
Commanding General of 1st Corps
Deputy Commanding General of 1st Army Area
Commanding General of the 1st Division, King's Guard
Commanding General of the 15th Military Circle
Commanding General of the 11th Infantry Division
Commander of the 11th Infantry Regiment, King's Guard

Apirat Kongsompong (Thai: อภิรัชต์ คงสมพงษ์; born 23 March 1960) is the Assistant Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army.[1] He previously served as the Commanding General of the 1st Army Area[2] from October 2016 to September 2017. General Apirat Kongsompong also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Government Lottery Office,[3] an Independent Director at Bangchak Petroleum Public Co.,[4][5][6] and a member of the National Legislative Assembly.[7]

In September 2018, Apirat was named as army chief, effective 1 October 2018. He will retire in 2020.[8]

Early life[edit]

General Apirat Kongsompong was born in Bangkok on 23 March 1960. He is the eldest son of General Sunthorn Kongsompong, the former Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, and Khunying Orachorn Kongsompong. He completed his primary and part of secondary education at St. Gabriel's College. He later attended the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (Class 20) and went on to attend Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy (Class 31) where he graduated in 1985.



General Apirat Kongsompong received a commission as an army officer upon graduation from Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy in 1985. He served as a pilot at the Army Aviation Center at the beginning of his military career. He completed UH-1H Maintenance/Test Pilot Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia, USA. He also completed the AH-1H (Cobra) Pilot Training Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, USA. General Kongsompong is also a graduate of Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, USA. In October 1990, General Kongsompong was appointed Assistant Logistic Officer at the Royal Thai Army Defense Attache Office in Washington D.C., USA.

General Kongsompong commanded 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, King's Guard in Bangkok. He went on to command 11th Infantry Regiment King's Guard.[9][10] He served as the Commanding General of 11th Infantry Division in Chachoengsao Province. He went on to serve as the Commanding General of 15th Military Circle in Petchaburi Province. General Kongsompong commanded 1st Division, King’s Guard[11][12] in Bangkok. He was later appointed the Commanding General of 1st Corps in 2015. In 2016, General Kongsompong was appointed the Commanding General of the 1st Army Area.[13][14][15][16]

General Kongsompong's key staff assignments include Combat Intelligence Assistant Staff Officer, 1st Division, King's Guard; Assistant Director of Planning Section, 1st Corps; Civil Affairs Staff Officer, 1st Division, King's Guard; Chief of Staff, 11th Infantry Regiment, King's Guard; Executive Officer, 11th Infantry Regiment, King's Guard; Division Chief of Staff, 1st Division, King's Guard; Deputy Commanding General, 1st Division, King's Guard; and Deputy Commanding General, 1st Army Area.

General Kongsompong’s deployment experience includes anti-communist operations in 1986. He served as the Commander of Task Force 14 which conducted counter-insurgency operations in Yala Province in 2004.

Gen Apirat is associated with the military clique Wong Thewan, in turn associated with the 1st Division, the King's Guard.[8] While Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his deputy, Prawit Wongsuwon are members of the rival 2nd Division clique, Burapha Phayak ('tigers of the east'), Apirat is known to have close ties with them.[8]

Awards and decorations[edit]


  1. ^ ประกาศสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี เรื่อง ให้นายทหารรับราชการ ราชกิจจานุเบกษา เล่ม ๑๓๔ ตอน ๒๑๗ ง พิเศษ หน้า ๑ ๑ กันยายน ๒๕๖๐
  2. ^ Coups and Plots in Thailand
  3. ^ PM appoints Apirat Kongsompong as the new GLO chief
  4. ^ ประวัติกรรมการบริษัท บางจากปิโตรเลียม จำกัด (มหาชน)
  5. ^ Business Leaders (Apirat Kongsompong, MBA)
  6. ^ Board of Directors
  7. ^ http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2560/D/023/16.PDF
  8. ^ a b c Nanuam, Wassana (3 September 2018). "Army reshuffle sees loyalists appointed". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 3 September 2018. 
  9. ^ Two soldiers
  10. ^ Show of strength to protect monarchy
  11. ^ Military top brass transfers imply the future of Thai politics
  12. ^ โปรดเกล้าฯโยกย้าย203นายทหารแล้ว
  13. ^ Thai military maneuvers to stay on top
  14. ^ 1st Army Area Royal Thai Army Visit
  15. ^ Royal Thai Army visits I Corps
  16. ^ Royal Thai Army visits I Corps, learns all about Strykers
  17. ^ http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2560/B/047/1.PDF ราชกิจจานุเบกษา เล่ม ๑๓๔ ตอน ๔๗ ข หน้า ๑ ๒๘ กันยายน ๒๕๖๐
  18. ^ ราชกิจจานุเบกษา, ประกาศสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี เรื่อง พระราชทานเครื่องราชอิสริยาภรณ์จุลจอมเกล้า ในวโรกาสพระราชพิธีฉัตรมงคล พ.ศ. 2546, เล่ม 120, ตอนที่ 9 ข, 4 พฤษภาคม 2546, หน้า 3.