Kodam XVIII/Kasuari

Komando Daerah Militer XVIII/Kasuari (XVIII Military Region Command/Cassowary) (often abbreviated "Kodam XVIII / Cassowary"), is the Defense Regional Command in Southwest Papua, and West Papua Province, which was created in 2016 with the division of parts of Kodam XVII/Cenderawasih which is located in Jayapura, Papua Province.

XVIII Military Regional Command/Cassowary
Komando Daerah Militer XVIII/Kasuari
Lambang Kodam Kasuari.png
XVIII Military Regional Command/Cassowary Symbol
ActiveDecember 19, 2016 - present
BranchIndonesian National Armed Forces Tentara Nasional Indonesia (Indonesian)
TypeIndonesia Regional Military Command
Part ofIndonesian Army
Garrison/HQManokwari, West Papua
Motto(s)Patriot Pembela Rakyat
"Patriot Defender of the People"
Commander MG Gabriel Lema (id)


The vastness of the area and security disturbances against pro-independence forces in the 2010s made the Indonesian National Armed Forces express the need to form a new regional command in Manokwari, covering northern parts of West Papua.[1] In 2016, the Indonesian Army, through then Chief of Staff General Mulyono, decided to create a brand new military region separated from Kodam XVII/Cenderawasih, and on December 16, Kodam XVIII/Kasuari, was officially raised as the youngest Regional Military Command of the Army.[2][3][4]

It was named after the Cassowary bird native to the province of West Papua, it was also because its units were formerly formed from combination of infiltration forces of Operation Trikora, guerrilla forces of Cassowary Battalion of Arfai, and former members of PVK, after they had been trained in Siliwangi and Diponegoro.[5]

Its Command Building is headquartered in Arfai Village, South Manokwari District, Manokwari, West Papua. [6] The construction of the Kasuari Kodam headquarters was on 24.7 hectares of land, which previously belonged to the C Rifle Company. The land was owned by the Indonesian Army, the headquarters of the C and D Rifle Companies, and today the composite Company's barracks are now relocated to Warmare District.

The founding commander of the region was Major General TNI Joppye Onesimus Wayayangkau, assisted by his chief of staff, Brigadier General TNI Ferry Zein.


Territorial unitEdit

In 2020-21, the territorial organization of Kodam XVIII/Kasuari was split into two MACs and one Military District (Separate).

  • 181st Military Area Command/Praja Vira Tama with HQ in Sorong
  • 1802nd Military District Command
  • 1805th Military District Command
  • 1807th Military District Command
  • 1809th Military District Command
  • 1810th Military District Command
  • 182nd Military Area Command/Jazira Onim with HQ in Fakfak
  • 1803rd Military District Command
  • 1804th Military District Command
  • 1806th Military District Command
  • 1808th Military District Command
  • 1801st Military District Command/Self Supporting, based in Manokwari

Combat and combat supportEdit

  • 26th Infantry Brigade/Gurana Piarawaimo
  • Brigade HQ
  • 762nd Raider Infantry Battalion
  • 764th Infantry Battalion
  • 761st Infantry Battalion/Kibibor Akknting
  • 20th Combat Engineers Battalion/Pawbili Pelle Alang

Training regimentEdit

  • 17th Regional Training Regiment
* Secata Rindam XVIII / Cassowary
* Secaba Rindam XVIII / Cassowary
* Dodiklatpur Rindam XVIII / Cassowary
* Dodikjur Rindam XVIII / Cassowary
* Dodik Bela Negara Rindam XVIII / Cassowary


  1. ^ "Kodam XVIII/Kasuari Resmi Berdiri"
  2. ^ / o5bakc33-cassowary-ready-for war "Cassowary Ready for War"
  3. ^ in Papua-Barat "After Cenderawasih, the Indonesian Army Establishes the Kasuari Kodam in West Papua!"
  4. ^ will-led-putra-papua.html "West Papua Regional Military Command XVIII Will Be Led by Papuan Sons"
  5. ^ Rahab, Amiruddin al (2016-08-30). "OPERASI-OPERASI MILITER DI PAPUA PAGAR MAKAN TANAMAN?". Jurnal Penelitian Politik. 3 (1): 3–23. ISSN 2502-7476. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  6. ^ "Kodam XVIII / West Papua Cassowary Will Be Inaugurated This Month i "

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