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Indonesian National Armed Forces Personnel
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By JTF-HD Public Affairs


Maj. Gen. Joseph Chaves, Deputy Commanding General Army National Guard and Joint Task Force - Homeland Defense (JTF-HD) hosted Brig. Gen. Tibong of the Indonesian Army and 13 members of his staff at the JTF-HD Joint Operations Center in support of a Hawaii National Guard State Partnership Program (PPE) Disaster Management Engagement (DME) on September 17, 2010. The Indonesian Delegation received the JTF-HD Command Briefing, followed by a question and answer session, and were very impressed with the JTF-HD Joint Operations Center (JOC) tool demonstration, featuring the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) All Hazards Decision Support System (AHDSS) and Google Geographic Information Systems (GIS) display.

The Indonesia Delegation was very engaged with many questions as they gained greater insite on how JTF-HD interacts and coordinates with civil agencies/organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGO) during disaster response operations. They also expressed interest in how the United States Government (USG), specifically the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), pays/reimburses the Department of Defense (DoD) for support provided, and about the Command and Control (C2) coordinating relationships that are in place during such operations.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Chaves, Deputy Commanding General Army National Guard and Joint Task Force - Homeland Defense (JTF-HD) play host to Indonesian National Armed Forces personnel.

The Indonesian National Armed Forces comprises approximately 430,000 personnel including the Army, Navy (including the Indonesian Marine Corps), and the Air Force.

The Indonesian Army was formed during the Indonesian National Revolution, when it undertook a guerrilla war along with informal militia. Under the 1945 Constitution, all citizens are legally entitled and obliged to defend the nation. Conscription is provided for by law, yet the Forces have been able to maintain mandated strength levels without resorting to a draft. Most enlisted personnel were recruited in their own home regions and generally trained and served most of their time in units nearby.

The Indonesian Army is by far the largest, with about 330,000 active-duty personnel, compared to around 75,000 in the Navy and 35,000 in the Air Force. The Indonesian armed forces are entirely voluntary. The available manpower fit for military service of males aged between 16 to 49 is 52,000,000, with a further 2,000,000 new suitable for service annually.

Headquartered at Fort Shafer, Hawaii, JTF-HD’s mission is to execute domestic Land Domain operations, in close coordination, with civil authorities, to defeat terrorist threats to the U.S. Homeland (defined as the U.S. States and Territories, Possessions, Commonwealths; and Compact Nations in the Pacific), and when requested/validated, to conduct civil support [Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) or Foreign Humanitarian Assistance (FHA)] operations for all hazards including responding to, and recovering from, natural or man-made disasters across the Pacific.