On Thursday, September 7, 2006, a formal handover of command for the Udayana 9th Military District took place in Denpasar, installing Major General Syaiful Rizal as the man-in-charge of a territory stretching from Bali to Indonesia's border with East Timor.
The former Commander General of Indonesian Special Forces (Kopasus) since 2005, Major General Rizal replaces Major General Zamroni who will be reassigned to command the Trikora 17th Military District.
A 1975 graduate of the Indonesian Armed Forces Academy (AKABRI) and various military command courses both at home and in Australia, Rizal told the Indonesian language Bali Post that Bali must remain an area that is safe for all. In the past, as a consequence of its role as an international tourism destination, Bali has become the victim of international terrorism and the narcotics trade. In the view of Bali's new military commander, Bali must maintain peace and order because the situation on the island is the yardstick by which many people abroad measure the state of Indonesia as a whole.
Presiding at the change of command ceremony was the Indonesian Army's Chief of Staff, General Djoko Santoso, who used the opportunity to call on his corps to maintain an active dialog with every level of civil society to strengthen the interdependence between the Armed Forces and the people.
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