Our Troops

Spec. Robert Toilolo (right) sends a shout out to friends and family who will be happy to know that even in Ft. Lee, Virginia, he has Samoan brothers and sisters — including SFC Leaupepe (center) and his new commanding officer, Capt. Valentino Pase (left). “It was a surprise and I am very happy to...
Basic combat training graduates of Delta company 3-34 battalion, 165th brigade of Fort Jackson, South Carolina March 15, 2017. L-R: PVT Toluao, Drill Sgt. Alex Lele Tuitasi of Malaeloa, Pvt Sefo and PVT Tauti, Sina Danielson. Samoa News employed PVT Tauti as part of the Dept. of Human Resources...
Alaiasu Liae Lilii Siufanua of Tafuna High School class of 2014 graduated from Basic Training, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He is pictured here with his grandmother Patricia Coyle from Ohio and his father Steven Lotonuu Siufanua from the village of Faleniu. Congratulations! 
Local US Army Reservist SSGT Frank Seko was officially presented the 9th Mission Support Command’s Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year award last month, during a special military ball held in the Aloha State. Seko, a Distribution System Operator for the Water Division of the American Samoa...
PV2 Vaimauga, daughter of Maanaima and Lepoi Vaimauga from the village of Aua, graduated from Basic and AIT Training this past week at Fort Lee, Virginia. She is a graduate of Samoana High School and will be a 92Y Unit Supply Specialist in Kentucky. She sends her love to her parents and siblings,...
Congratulations to Airman Oto who graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. Feb 4, 2017.Pictured are his parents, Aoese Oto Sr. (Retired CPO USN) from Utulei Gataivai & Lefaga and Elenise Fotu Levu Oto from Nuu'uli, Uncle Saili Oto (Retired ARMY) and family.  
Pvt. Maa from Mesepa, son of Isaako and Fetalaiga Malama Maa graduated from Basic Combat Training (BCT) — the training course that transforms civilians into Soldiers. Over the course of ten weeks recruits learn basic tactical and survival skills along with how to shoot, rappel, and march. He...
PFC Sean Tumanuvao from Iliili, son of Kolio and Monica Tumanuvao who is deployed in Eastern Europe currently flying a raven/UAV after getting certified. According to wikipedia, the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven is a small hand-launched remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle (or SUAV) developed for...
Anasitasia Ioane of Aua earned her wings on January 27, 2017 at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field at Milton Florida.  She is with her proud parents Maselino and Antonina Ioane of Aua, American Samoa to witness this milestone in the life of their oldest daughter. She now has earned her wings as a...
Graduating from Basic Training recently at Fort Jackson, South Carolina are William Leulu ( AIT), Adelaide Sega, Olona Seagai, Bernice Toluao, Sina Tauti, Geraldine Sala, Penina Lavata'i, Pu'elā Lefiti, Esther Faigata, Jane Pelenato, Fernandez Lago, Lina Uso, and Sefo who send this shout out to...

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