Our Troops

Thirty-one future soldiers took the Oath of Enlistment for the US Army during a brief ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna on Wednesday afternoon, in the presence of proud parents, families and friends. They are part of the 80 Delayed Entry Program enlistees — the largest single DEP...
On Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, Major James T. Fe’a-Fiame was promoted to the rank of LT Colonel  of the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team — Hawaii Army National Guard. His son, James, is seen helping pin his father’s new rank as part of the ceremony. Fe'a-Fiame is the son of T. Tusapa and Telesia  Fiame...
(Editor’s Note: President Donald Trump announced last Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US armed forces. The twitter decision came without a plan in place to implement it. And, has left active transgender military members...
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata would like to extend her sincere congratulations and appreciation to Command Sergeant Major Charles M. Tobin, who retires from the United States Army this month after nearly 34 years of service. CSM Tobin is a native of Pago Pago, American Samoa and Lotopa...
US Army Second Lieutenant Jason Lynn Marshall, right, salutes his father, Jeffrey Lynn Marshall, from Champaign, Illinois, (prior service Army Staff Sergeant) during a University of Illinois Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Tri- Service Commissioning Ceremony at the Urbana campus last month.   At...
Long before Faafetaiileali’i Raison donned his cap and gown last year and walked across the stage to receive his diploma as part of Samoana High School’s Class of 2016, he already knew what he wanted to be: a sailor in the United States Navy. Growing up in a family with a long history of US...
The final funeral service for US Army SPC Shaleen Maiava is scheduled for tomorrow. She is a member of the Utulei CCCAS youth and the church minister, along with fellow youth members, paid tribute to her in a special ceremony held this past Wednesday evening. Shaleen passed away unexpectedly at...
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Ipu Tupuola-Passi from Pavaiai, American Samoa was promoted to Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (E-5) in the United States Navy on June 8, 2017.  Congratulations Ipu! [courtesy photo]
Toa Samoa i Fort Bliss, El Paso Texas performed at their Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Ceremony this month.  The President’s proclamation says, “This month, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we recognize the achievements and contributions of Asian...
YN1 Tagaloa emailed Samoa News to share a friend's special accomplishment. Pictured is Miss Zimmerman T. Enosa of Aoa and Sailele, American Samoa. She represented American Samoa and Western Samoa at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration...

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