President Jokowi Appoints Jenderal TNI Maruli Simanjuntak as KSAD

President Joko Widodo inaugurated Jenderal TNI Maruli Simanjuntak as KSAD at the State Palace, Wednesday, (29/11).

Jakarta –  President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) appointed Jenderal TNI  Maruli Simanjuntak as Army Chief of Staff (KSAD). Jenderal TNI Maruli fills the position previously held by  Jenderal TNI Agus Subiyanto, who has now officially become  Panglima TNI.

With his position as KSAD, Maruli Simanjuntak now officially holds the rank of Jenderal TNI. Previously, Maruli served as Commander of the Army Strategic Reserve Command (Pangkostrad) with the rank of Lieutenant General TNI.

Jenderal TNI Maruli Simanjuntak has served as Commander of Kostrad (Pangkostrad) since January 31 2022. Jenderal TNI Maruli Simanjuntak was a 1992 Military Academy Abituren (Akmil).

Jenderal TNI Maruli was born on February 27 1970 in Bandung, West Java (West Java). Jenderal TNI Maruli is the third of five children of a Batak couple who migrated to Java. His father works as a teacher and his mother is a nurse.

Since the beginning of his career, Jenderal TNI Maruli has been trusted to hold a number of strategic positions in the Red Beret Corps. Among them are the Commander of Battalion (Danyon) 21 Group 2 Kopassus, Commander of the Special Forces Education and Training Center Command School (Pusdikpassus).

Jenderal TNI Maruli is also trusted as Deputy Commander of Kopassus Group 1. He was then trusted to fill the position as Commander of Group 2 Kopassus until 2014. In the same year, Jenderal TNI Maruli was trusted to be Commander of Group A of the Presidential Security Forces (Paspampres) until 2016.

In 2016, Jenderal TNI Maruli assumed the position of Commander of Korem (Danrem) 074/Warastratama. While serving as Danrem 074, Jenderal TNI Maruli at that time won an award as the best Danrem in the field of National Level Special Efforts (Upsus) for Food Security in 2016.

In 2017 to 2018, Jenderal TNI Maruli was appointed to the position of Deputy Commander of Paspampres. One year later, Jenderal TNI Maruli Simanjuntak served as Chief of Staff of Military Regional Command (Kasdam) IV/Diponegoro.

Furthermore, Jenderal TNI Maruli Simanjuntak received a promotion to serve as Paspampres Commander and continued to hold the baton as Pangdam IX/Udayana. Jenderal TNI Maruli began serving as Panglima Kostrad in early 2022.

Now, after being inaugurated by President Jokowi on November 29 2023, Jenderal TNI Maruli Simanjuntak has officially served as the new KSAD, replacing Jenderal TNI Agus Subiyanto, who is now Panglima TNI.

History of positions held by Jenderal TNI Maruli Simanjuntak:

1. Commander of Group A Paspampres (2014-2016)

2. Danrem 074/Warastratama Solo (2016-2017)

3. Deputy Danpaspampres (2017-2018)

4. Danpaspampres (2018-2020)

5. Pangdam IX/Udayana (2020)

6. Panglima Kostrad (2022)

7. KSAD (2023) Bembo

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