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Defense Minister Prabowo awarded to four-star general by President Jokowi

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Jakarta, IO – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto was awarded an honorary four-star general rank by Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at an event of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) and the National Police Leadership Meeting at Ahmad Yani Sports Hall at TNI Headquarters in Jakarta, Wednesday (Feb 28).

“This award is a form of appreciation as well as confirmation of great dedication and service to the people, the nation and the state. I congratulate General Prabowo Subianto,” said Jokowi.

Jokowi conferred a special promotion to Prabowo in accordance with Presidential Decree 13/TNI/2024 dated Feb 21, 2024 and Law 20/2009 on special appointments or promotions.

Feb 28, 2024, marks the day Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto officially received the title of “TNI General (HOR)” before his name. In 2022, Prabowo also received four high military decorations, namely, Bintang Yudha Dharma Utama, Bintang Kartika Eka Paksi Utama, Bintang Jalasena Utama and Bintang Swa Buwana Paksa Utama.

“So that we know that in 2022, Mr. Prabowo Subianto received an award of Bintang Yudha Dharma Utama for his immense contributions to the development of the defense sector and extraordinary contribution to the TNI and the progress of the country,” said Jokowi.

Referring to the conferment of the above decoration, Prabowo should have received the four-star general promotion two years ago.

Jokowi said the award has been verified by the Degrees, Merits and Honors Council and duly proposed by the TNI commander, in accordance with Law 20/2009.

“The TNI Commander-in-Chief proposed that Mr. Prabowo be awarded a special appointment and promotion,” explained Jokowi. “Based on the TNI Commander’s recommendation, I agreed to confer a special promotion of an honorary TNI General.”

Besides Prabowo Subianto, a number of national figures have received the honorary rank of TNI General, including the sixth Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

During his military career, Prabowo held a number of strategic positions, including Commander-General of the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) and Commander of the Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad).

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Prabowo has also scored illustrious achievements during his military career, such as serving in Operation Mapenduma in 1996, in which he, as the Commander-General, and his squad successfully released hostages from the Free Papua Organization (OPM).

Prabowo also made Indonesia proud in 1997 when he initiated a mission to raise Indonesia’s merah putih national flag on top of the world’s highest mountain, Everest. Prabowo mandated this task to Sergeant 1st Class (Ret.) Asmujino and Brigadier General Iwan Setiawan.

The two soldiers were faced with life-and-death risks, but with their immense fighting spirit and determination, they were able to hoist the merah putih flag on the summit of Mount Everest. (eka)

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