Royal endorsement granted to new top brass


BANGKOK, 28 August 2015 – His Majesty the King has approved the appointment of new military chiefs.

As of August 28, 2015, a royal command by His Majesty the King was published in the Royal Gazette, granting approval to the appointment of 831 military officials to new positions. According to the royal command, Gen Sommai Kaotira was named the Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces while Gen Theerachai Nakvanich was made the new Army Commander-in-Chief.

Lt Gen Theppong Tippayachan was appointed as the Commander of the First Army Region, Maj Gen Somsak Nilbanjerdkul as the Commander of the Third Army Region and Maj Gen Wiwat Pathompak as the Commander of the Fourth Army Region.

At the same time, the title of the Royal Thai Navy Commander-in-Chief was given to Adm Na Areenij. Meanwhile, Gen Preecha Chan-o-cha, younger brother of Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, became the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense.