Usra Hendra Harahap

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Usra Hendra Harahap
Usra Hendra Harahap.jpg
Indonesia Ambassador to Nigeria
Assumed office
21 March 2019
PresidentJoko Widodo
Preceded byHarry Purwanto
Personal details
Born (1959-08-11) 11 August 1959 (age 61)
Padang, West Sumatra
Political partyGolkar
Military service
Allegiance Indonesia
Branch/serviceInsignia of the Indonesian Air Force.svg Air Force
Years of service1982–2017
RankPdu marsdatni komando.png Air Vice Marshal

Usra Hendra Harahap (born 11 August 1959), also known as Ucok,[1] is an Indonesian diplomat and former Air Force flag officer who has served as the ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria since 21 March 2019.

Early life and military career

Usra Hendra Harahap as the coordinator of expert staffs to the Air Force Chief of Staff.

Usra was born on 11 August 1959 in Padang, West Sumatra. He began his military service after graduating from the Indonesian Air Force Academy in 1982. Usra holds a Master of Science degree and a doctoral degree in political science upon graduation from the University of Merdeka in 2002 and 2005, respectively.[2]

Usra became a flag officer following his promotion to air first marshal on 4 June 2010. At the time of his promotion, he was appointed as the deputy superintendent of School of Defense and Strategic Studies.[3] After serving in the position for two years, Usra was promoted from deputy superintendent to superintendent of the school on 1 February 2012.[4] His rank was promoted accordingly a month later.[5]

Several months after his promotion to superintendent, Usra was moved to the Indonesian Defense University, where he became the dean of the university's defence strategy faculty.[6] After holding this academic office for a while, Usra was made as deputy rector of the university a day before the end of 2013.[7] He did not held this new office for long, as twenty eight days later he was moved to the air force headquarters to serve as a special staff to the air force chief of staff.[8][9]

A year later, 19 January 2015, Usra was appointed to coordinate all of the air force's central expert staff,[10] and was installed for the office eight days later.[11] During his tenure as coordinator, Usra publicly criticized the Indonesian Aerospace company, stating that the company failed to put the Indonesian air force as its primary customer and blamed the air force's lack of preparedness to the company.[12]

Usra's position as coordinator became his last position in the military, as in 2017, he was relieved from his office and retired from the military shortly afterwards.[13]

Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria

Usra joined the political party Golkar following his retirement from the military. In September 2018, Golkar chairman Airlangga Hartarto announced that the president had named Usra as a candidate to be the Indonesian ambassador to Nigeria.[1] After passing a test held by the People's Representative Council,[14] he was installed as an ambassador on 21 November 2019. He is concurrently accredited as an ambassador to Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, São Tomé and Príncipe, Togo, and the Economic Community of West African States.[15]

On 3 May 2020, three Indonesian crew members of a fishing vessel were taken hostage by pirates off the coast of Santa Clara, Gabon.[16] Usra conducted communications with Indonesian embassy in Paris, the Indonesian honorary consulate in Gabon, and the South Korean embassies in Abuja and Libreville in preparation for a rescue operation. He then personally led the operation to free the hostages. The hostages were released on 8 June and were picked up by Usra two days later.[17]

References

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  2. Amabo, Eulia. "Cameroon-Indonesia Relations : Newly Designated Ambassador Received". www.cameroon-tribune.cm (in English). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  3. "Sebanyak 13 Perwira Tinggi TNI Naik Pangkat". Tribunnews.com (in Bahasa Indonesia). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  4. Yudistira, Yudha (2 February 2012). "Mayjen S Widjonarko jadi Aster Panglima TNI : Okezone News". Okezone (in Bahasa Indonesia). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  5. Santosa, Iwan (9 March 2012). "Sembilan Perwira Tinggi TNI AU Naik Pangkat". KOMPAS.com (in Bahasa Indonesia). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  6. Home; Terkini; News, Top; Terpopuler; Nusantara; Nasional; Hukum; Politik; Daerah. "Mahasiswa Pascasarjana Unhan Analisis Konflik Maluku". Antara News Makassar. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  7. antaranews.com (2 January 2014). "TNI mutasi 36 perwira tinggi". Antara News. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  8. "36 Perwira Tinggi TNI Dimutasi | Jakarta Bisnis.com". Bisnis.com. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  9. koran, Ali nur yasin (2 April 2014). "Jelang Pemilu, Pejabat TNI Dirombak". Tempo (in English). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  10. "Panglima TNI Mutasi 47 Perwira Tinggi : Okezone Nasional". Okezone (in Bahasa Indonesia). 21 January 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  11. Agency, ANTARA News. "Kasau Lantik Sembilan Pejabat TNI AU". Antara News Sumbar. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  12. "Kritik Pedas TNI AU terhadap Kinerja PTDI". Tribunnews.com (in Bahasa Indonesia). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  13. Erdianto, Kristian (31 October 2017). "91 Perwira Tinggi TNI Dimutasi, Wakil KSAD Diganti". Kompas (in Bahasa Indonesia). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  14. Alfons, Matius. "JK Minta 22 Calon Dubes Kontribusi Jaga Perdamaian". detiknews (in Bahasa Indonesia). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  15. Tim. "Direktur TKN Jokowi-Ma'ruf Dilantik Jadi Dubes Nigeria". nasional (in Bahasa Indonesia). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  16. Nusantara, Solusi Sistem. "Kronologis Operasi Senyap Pembebasan 3 WNI ABK Amerger Gabon | Hukum". www.gatra.com (in English). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  17. BeritaSatu.com. "Tiga WNI yang Disandera Perompak Afrika Berhasil Dibebaskan". beritasatu.com (in Bahasa Indonesia). Retrieved 21 May 2021.