Maintaining Friendships: Indonesia’s Akmil and its Foreign Counterparts

MILITARY-to-military relations are one way to build trust between the nations.

They learn to operate together, they learn to cooperate, they even learn about each other’s families, and they get a personal view of each other.

Below are some of visits from Indonesia Military Academy’s foreign peers, from February to April, 2014…

 By: Sahrudinalwaysmagelang@gmail.com

Photo credits: Penhumas Akmil

 

SAF Singapore Armed Forces Magelang Indonesia

GOVERNOR of Indonesia Military Academy (Akmil) Major General Sumardi, right, to receive a visit from Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) officials in Magelang, Central Java, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

SAF Singapore Indonesia Military Academy

SAF team, led by Colonel Ng Ying Thong, Assistant Chief of the General Staff (Training) of SAF, and Colonel Lee Yi-Jin pay a three-hour visit as part of Join Training Working Group between the Indonesian Army and Singapore Armed Forces.

Exchanging Souvenirs!

Exchanging souvenirs.

SAF Singapore Indonesia Magelang Military

STRONG FRIENDSHIPS – In addition to improving the working relationship between Indonesia’s Akmil and SAF, the visit, more or less, is expected to ease tensions between Indonesia and Singapore escalated recently. In fact, the two nations friendship, especially their military-to-military relation has been built up over many decades.***

 

TUESDAY, March 18, 2014. Two cadets and an officer of the United States Military Academy, popularly known as West Point pay a visit to Indonesia’s Akmil in Magelang, Central Java.

The cadets are Jeffrey Daniel Lesmeister and Sergeant Aaron Thomas Spikol.

They stay for 3 days in Akmil, joining educational activities with Akmil cadets.

Cadet Jeffrey Lesmeister was named best squad leader (Company D) for Cadet Basic Training (CBT) 1 of West Point’s Class of 2014.

Jeffrey’s peer, Cadet Aaron Spikol was an Air Assault Badge award recipient from the US Army, and was also active in USMA’s Public Policy Debate Team.

USMA West Point Indonesia Military Magelang

How are you, Sir?

USMA West Point Indonesia Magelang Military Akmil

Say “Cheese!”

MOST PRESTIGIOUS - Cadet Jeffrey Lesmeister, Cadet Aaron Spikol and an officer of West Point pictured with Major General Sumardi and Akmil's officers. West Point is undoubtedly one of the best and most prestigious military academies in the world. Founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering, the military school excels in most measures.***

MOST PRESTIGIOUS – Cadet Jeffrey Lesmeister, Cadet Aaron Spikol and an officer of West Point pictured with Major General Sumardi and Akmil’s officers. West Point is undoubtedly one of the best and most prestigious military academies in the world. Founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering, the military school excels in most measures.***

 

MAJOR Amit Chamoli and three Indian Military Academy (IMA) cadets call on Indonesia’s Akmil, in Magelang, Central Java, on Monday, March 24, 2014.

The visit is part of cadets exchange program between Akmil and IMA.

The three IMA cadets stay for 6 days until March 29, joining educational activities with Akmil cadets.

Indian Military Academy

Nice to meet you, Sir!

Retaining a friendly, positive, respectful, and professional attitude at all times...

Retaining a friendly, positive, respectful, and professional attitude at all times…

OLDER BROTHERS - Major Amit Chamoli, center, and three Indian Military Academy pictured with Akmil Governor Major General Sumardi and Akmil officials, in Magelang. India's IMA was opened initially in October 1, 1932, much older than Akmil which was inaugurated in November 11, 1957 by President Sukarno.***

OLDER BROTHERS – Major Amit Chamoli, center, and three Indian Military Academy cadets pictured with Akmil Governor Major General Sumardi and Akmil officials, in Magelang. India’s IMA was opened initially in October 1, 1932, much older than Akmil which was inaugurated in November 11, 1957 by President Sukarno.***

 

INDONESIA Military Academy (Akmil) Governor Major General Sumardi, right, to receive a visit of Captain (Navy) Kartik Murthy, India's Defence Attache Representative, in Magelang, Central Java, on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

INDONESIA Military Academy (Akmil) Governor Major General Sumardi, right, to receive a visit of Captain (Navy) Kartik Murthy, India’s Defence Attache Representative, in Magelang, Central Java, on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

Mr Kartik, who is fluent in speaking Bahasa Indonesia, is talking to Mr Sumardi about the possibility of cadets exchange program between Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Akmil.

Mr Kartik, who is fluent in speaking Bahasa Indonesia, is talking to Mr Sumardi about the possibility of cadets exchange program between Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Akmil.

The establishment of an Information Technology Laboratory by Indian Military at Indonesia’s Akmil in 2011, shows that military-to-military relations between the two countries have been growing so intense.

The establishment of an Information Technology Laboratory by Indian Military at Indonesia’s Akmil in 2011, shows that military-to-military relations between the two countries have been growing so intense.

Besides, India’s increasing military exchanges and training links with Indonesia were now governed by the bilateral defence cooperation pact of 2001, as ratified by Jakarta in 2007.***

India’s increasing military exchanges and training links with Indonesia were governed by the bilateral defence cooperation pact of 2001, as ratified by Jakarta in 2007.***

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