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Thirachai Nakwanich
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Native name ธีรชัย นาควานิช
Born 15 November 1955(1955-11-15) (age 64)
Place of birth Bangkok, Thailand
Allegiance Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand
Service/branch Thailand Royal Thai Army
Years of service 1978–2016
Rank RTA OF-9 (General) General
Commands held Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army
Spouse(s) Boonraksa Nakwanich
Signature ลายเซ็น ธีรชัย นาควานิช.svg

Thirachai Nakawanich (Thai language:ธีรชัย นาควานิช, born 15 November 1955) is a Thai military officer who served as Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army from 2015 to 2016.[1] He succeeded Udomdej Sitabutr, with whom he has had a long-running feud, and whose preferred successor would have been Preecha Chan-ocha, brother of Prime Minister and NCPO chief Prayuth Chan-ocha.[2] He was succeeded in 2016 by General Chalermchai Sitthisart upon reaching retirement age. In December 2016 he was appointed to the Privy Council by King Vajiralongkorn, but was relieved of his duties in June 2018 for unspecified reasons.[3]


Military offices
Preceded by
Udomdej Sitabutr
Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army
Succeeded by
Chalermchai Sitthisart

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