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General TNI Dr.
Commander in Chief of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI)

In office
August 30, 2013[1][2][3] – July 8, 2015
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Joko Widodo
Preceded by Admiral TNI Agus Suhartono
Succeeded by Gatot Nurmantyo
Army Chief of staff

In office
May 20, 2013 – August 30, 2013
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Preceded by General TNI Pramono Edhie Wibowo
Succeeded by Lieutenant General TNI Budiman[4][5]
Commander of Military District III /Siliwangi

In office
October 2010 – August 2011
Preceded by Major General TNI Pramono Edhie Wibowo
Succeeded by Major General TNI Muhammad Munir
Commander of Military District XII / Tanjungpura

In office
June 2010 – October 2010
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Major General TNI Geerhan Lantara
Commander Infantry Division 1 Kostrad

In office
January 2010 – June 2010
Preceded by Major General TNI Hatta Syafrudin
Succeeded by Brigadier General TNI Adi Mulyono
Personal details
Born July 8, 1957(1957-07-08) (age 63)
Kediri, East Java, Indonesia
Spouse(s) Koesni Harningsih
Children Randy Bimantoro
Joanina Rachma
Alma mater Indonesian Armed Forces Academy (AKABRI) - 1981
Religion Islam
Military service
Allegiance Flag of Indonesia.svg Indonesia
Service/branch Lambang TNI AD Indonesian Army
Years of service 1981–now
Rank Jenderal pdh ad komando TNI General
Unit Infantry

General TNI Dr. Moeldoko (pronounced [muldoko]; born in Kediri, East Java, July 8, 1957) is former Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI).[1][2][3][6][7] He graduated from the Indonesian Armed Forces Academy (AKABRI) in 1981 and received the prestigious Adhi Makayasa medal as valedictorian of his class.[8][9][10] On August 27, 2013, he was appointed Commander-in-chief of TNI (Panglima) by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and approved by the People's Representative Council (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat, DPR) [11][12] after serving as the Indonesian Chief of Army Staff for only three months.[1][13] He succeeded former Commander-in-chief Admiral (Ret.) Agus Suhartono who retired in May 2013.[14]

During his military career, General Moeldoko has received many awards and distinctions such as the notable Indonesian Military Distinguished Service Star (Bintang Dharma) from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono[15][16] and Singapore's prestigious military award, the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) (Military Meritorious Service Medal).[17] The Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) was conferred to him by the President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam in recognition of his contributions in strengthening ties between the Indonesian and Singaporean armies. In addition,[10] he has been distinguished in Indonesia with the National Police Meritorious Service Star (Bintang Bhayangkara), Defence Meritorious Service Star - 2nd and 3rd Class (Bintang Sewindu Angkatan Perang), Army Meritorious Service Star – 2nd and 3rd Class (Bintang Kartika Eka Paksi Pratama), Dharma Santala Medal, Medal of 24 years’ loyalty Service, Timor Military Campaign Medal (Operation Lotus), and Malaysia/Borneo Military Campaign Medal (Satyalancana Wira Dharma).[18]


General Moeldoko was born in Kediri, East Java as the youngest son in a family of twelve children. He attended an agricultural vocational school in the town of Jombang in East Java and the joined the military academy Indonesian Armed Forces Academy (AKABRI) in Magelang, Central Java. Gen. Moeldoko is married to Koesni Harningsih and has two children, Randy Bimantoro and Joanina Rachma.[19]


General Moeldoko has been assigned to several military operations during his career.[18] The most notable of these operations are the Seroja Operation in East Timor (1984) and Garuda Contingent XI/A for Congo (1995). In addition, his overseas assignments and operations include stints in New Zealand (1983 and 1987), Singapore and Japan (1991), Iraq-Kuwait (1992), USA, and Canada.[10] On January 15, 2013, Moeldoko received a Doctorate degree in public administration science from the Faculty of Social and Political Science of the Universitas Indonesia (UI).[20][21]

As the TNI Commander, General Moeldoko represented Indonesia in several international meetings and met with several leaders from around the world. In February 2014, he met with the Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, General Fan Changlong in Beijing, China, to discuss bilateral ties.[22][23] These discussions were related to maritime and anti-terrorism cooperation as well as the Komodo multilateral joint exercise that involves all 10 ASEAN member states together with Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and USA.[24][25][26] To promote friendship and cooperation, General Moeldoko met with Vietnamese General Phùng Quang Thanh, Minister of National Defence of Vietnam in February, 2014[27] and with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Armed Forces of the Philippines General Emmanuel Bautista at Camp Aguinaldo.[28][29]

Although he has never served outside the military, General Moeldoko has been active at home and abroad.[16][30][31] He has been mentioned as potential VP and running mate[32] of Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta and candidate in the coming Indonesian presidential elections.[32][33][34][35][36] Besides, General Moeldoko has been involved in solving the incident of the turning-back asylum boats in Australia;[37][38] the decision to name an Indonesian navy ship after marines associated with controversies in Singapore in 1965;[39][40][41] and other details about his choices.[42][43][44]

Military educationEdit

  • 1981 - Indonesian Armed Forces Academy (AKABRI)
  • 1994 - Army Staff and Command School (Seskoad)
  • 2001 - Armed Forces Staff and Command School
  • 2001 - National Resilience Institute [Lemhannas] KRA Lemhannas

Military positionsEdit

Within seven months of 2013, General Moeldoko has been granted three promotions: first as Deputy Army Chief of Staff in February, then as Army Chief of Staff in May,[1] and as Commander-in-Chief of Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) on August 30.[2][6] He has served in the TNI at several important positions as described below:[10]

  • 1981 - Platoon Leader of Yonif Linud 700/BS Military Area Command VII/Wirabuana
  • 1983 - Company Commander A of Yonif Linud 700/BS Military Area Command VII/Wirabuana
  • 1996 - Commander of Military District Command 0501, Central Jakarta (1996)
  • Chief of operational staff division of Military Area Command Head of Staff (Asops Kasdam VI/Tanjung Pura)
  • Director of Education and Training Administration of Army Infantry Weapons Centre (Pussenif)
  • 2005 - Commander of Military Area Command Education and Training Regiment (Rindam) VI/Tanjung Pura
  • 2006 - Commander of Military Region Command 141 (Todopuli Bone)
  • 2007 - Economic Experts Head of Army Chief of Staff
  • 2008 - Director of Education of the Army Doctrine, Education and Training Leadership Command
  • 2008 - Military district Head of Staff (Kasdam Jaya)
  • Lambang Kostrad 2010 - Commander of Infantry Division 1 Kostrad
  • Lambang Kodam Tanjungpura 2010 - Commander of Military Area Command XII (Tanjungpura)
  • 2010 - Commander of Military Area Command III/Siliwangi (2010)
  • 2011 - Deputy Governor of National Resilience Institute
  • February 2013 - Army Deputy Army Chief of Staff of Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI)
  • May 2013 - Army Chief of Staff of Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI)[1]
  • Lambang TNI 2013 August 2013 - Commander-in-Chief of Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI)[2][6]

Awards and distinctionsEdit

Medals and decorationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Indonesian Assistant Deputy Minister for State Documents and Translation (May 23, 2013). "President Yudhoyono Inaugurates New Army Chief of Staff". Ministry of State Secretariat of the Republic of Indonesia. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "General Moeldoko approved as new Indonesian military chief". Antara (news agency). August 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hou Qiang (August 2013). "Moeldoko officially installed as Indonesian military commander". Xinhua News (China). Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  4. "Budiman replaces Moeldoko as Army chief of staff". The Jakarta Post, Indonesia. August 29, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  5. "Budiman appointed as Indonesia army chief of staff". Xinhua News Agency(China). August 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Rinaldo (August 30, 2013). "President Inaugurates Armed Forces Commander and Chief of Staff This Morning". Liputan6. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  7. "General Moeldoko Officially Inaugurated As TNI chief". August 30, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  8. "Indonesia’s new military chief". The Strategist (Australia). Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  9. "Alumni – 1981 (Infantry)". Indonesia Military academy. 1981. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 "Profile TNI Commander General Moeldoko (Indonesian)". Kompas (Indonesia). August 30, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  11. "House Unanimously Approves Moeldoko as New Army Chief". The Jakarata Globe (Indonesia). August 21, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  12. Natalie Sambhi (August 26, 2013). "Indonesia’s new military chief". The Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  13. Riski Adam (July 31, 2013). "Wiranto: I Leave Record Fastest Chief of Staff to General Moeldoko (Indonesian)". Liputan 6. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  14. "Moeldoko likely next TNI commander". The Jakarta Post, Indonesia. July 28, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 "TNI Commander received honors". Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI). Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Gen. Dr.. Moeldoko received the 2014 PWI Java award". Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI). Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Commander-in-Chief of Indonesian National Defence Forces Receives Prestigious Military Award". Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Singapore. 25 Nov 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Mutation in Range Position TNI". Indonesian National Armed Forces Web site. September 14, 2006. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  19. "Chinese-Indonesians told to be active in development". The Jakarta Post. November 22, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  20. "TNI chief gets doctoral degree". The Jakarta Post. January 16, 2014. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  21. "Moeldoko Achieves Doctorate Degree with honors (Indonesian)". MetroTV News. January 15, 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  22. "TNI eyes closer cooperation with China". The Jakarta Post, Indonesia. February 26, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  23. "China, Indonesia to strengthen maritime, anti-terrorism cooperation". Xinhua News Agency. Feb 25, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  24. "Indonesian Military Chief to Visit China, May Meet Xi Jinping !". Pakistan Defence. February 26, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  25. "China's Dismaying New Claims in the South China Sea". The Wall Street Journal. April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  26. "China, Indonesia agree on closer military ties". Xinhua News Agency(China). Feb 26, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  27. "Defence cooperation boosts Vietnam-Indonesia relations". National Defence Journal (Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence). Feb 14, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  28. Frances Mangosing (Feb 14, 2014). "Indonesian military chief starts 3-day Manila visit". Inquirer. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  29. Frances Mangosing (May 1, 2014). "Asean not intimidated by China". The Manila Times (Philippines). Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  30. "Indonesia’s new military chief wants modern force". Today (Singapore newspaper). August 28, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  31. Zakir Hussain (April 23, 2014). "Military commander with a mission at home and abroad". AsiaOne. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  32. 32.0 32.1 "Indonesia’s next president: It may all come down to the running mate". Malay Mail Online. April 13, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  33. "Indonesia elections: PDI-P looking to put military man as Joko's running mate". $3. March 27, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  34. Bastian, Abdul Qowi; Putri, Adelia Anjani (14 March 2014). "Official: Joko Widodo Named 2014 Presidential Candidate by Megawati". Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  35. "Jokowi ready to run for president". March 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  36. "Former Indonesian vice-president may be Jokowi’s running mate". Today Online (Singapore). April 13, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  37. George Roberts (February 2014). "Indonesia's government and military close ranks against Australia's boat turn-backs". ABC News Australia. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  38. Michael Bachelard (February 2014). "Turnbacks abandoned, says Jakarta". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  39. Agus Suhana and Berni Moestafa (April 18, 2014). "Indonesia Army Chief Says No Apology to Singapore for Ship Name". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  40. Glenys Sim (April 16, 2014). "Singapore Resumes Military Cooperation After Indonesia’s Apology". Bloomberg. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  41. "Indonesian Armed Forces chief expresses regret over naming of warship". Channel NewsAsia. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  42. "Moeldoko under fire over 'fake' watch". The Star (Malaysia). April 26, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  43. "Indonesia: Military chief 'collects fake watches'". BBC News. April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  44. "Indonesian general says his flashy watch is a fake". The Washington Times. April 23, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  45. "Singapore confers military award to Indonesian general". AsiaOne. Nov 25, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Hatta Syafruddin
Commander-in-Chief of Infantry Division 1/Kostrad
Succeeded by
Adi Mulyono
Preceded by
New office
Commander-in-Chief of Military Area Command XII /Tanjungpura
Succeeded by
Geerhan Lantara
Preceded by
Pramono Edhie Wibowo
Commander-in-Chief of Military Area Command III/Siliwangi
Succeeded by
M. Munir
Preceded by
Army Deputy Chief of Staff
Succeeded by
M. Munir
Preceded by
Pramono Edhie Wibowo
Army Chief of Staff
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Agus Suhartono
Commander-in-Chief of Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI)
Succeeded by
Gatot Nurmantyo

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