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Our Troops

Penikila Kesi Leakage lll with Terry Bradshaw
O se tasi o Toa o Samoa o lo’o ua fetaui ma se tasi e lauiloa tele i le Football, tulaga o le Quarterback i ona foi vaitau ao ta’alo le alii o Terry Bradshaw. O ia lea o Penikila Kesi Leakage lll. O loo auai o ia i a’oha fa’apitoa e avea ai ma Warrant Officer i Quantico, VA. Malo le tautua ma le...
Kauilani Misipeka,
Meet a new soldier of the American Samoa Army Reserve — 411th Engineer Battalion. Kauilani Misipeka, who will be working as a trade specialist, recently returned home from Hawai’i where she swore in as a member of the US Army.The eldest daughter of Keiki and Tufi Misipeka, Kauilani has big dreams...
Commander Michael Tagaloa being sworn in
Michael Tagaloa was promoted yesterday, February 25, 2020 — to U.S. Navy Commander. He is a Chaplain in the Navy currently serving at Camp Lejune in North Carolina. Commander Togaloa is seen here taking his oath. The ceremony was attended by his father, Vae Tagaloa from Afao as well as by relatives...
Cadet Elevira Fuimaono
Roswell, NEW MEXICO — “Believe in yourself, that you will make it to the top because no one will put you there but yourself.” These were my grandfather’s last words before he passed away. He passed away right when I left home. It was the hardest and bravest thing I ever did was to leave him. My...
(l-r): MSG Sheri Hoddle, Tauaitala Leasiolagi (the first Am Samoan 2020 National Guard enlistment), Fotuoatua Afioa’e, and ORARNG American Samoa recruiter SFC Steve Mann
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Oregon Army National Guard continues to help American Samoa’s students fulfill their dreams of attending college. On February 5th, the military branch enlisted v at the Konelio Pele Army Reserve Center in Tafuna. According to SFC Steve Mann - the American Samoa...
Toa o Samoa Ben Maulupe of Aua with his niece Christina Tase
Toa o Samoa Ben Maulupe of Aua, American Samoa graduated last week from US Navy basic training in Chicago, Illinois. Maulupe, a 2019 graduate of Samoana High School, now heads to Pensacola, FLA for training in the area of aviation. He is pictured with his niece Christina Tase who flew all the way...
“Quickstrike” Haleck (right) with Air Force Brigadier General B. Nichols
CONGRATULATIONS “Quickstrike” Haleck (right) for achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. Haleck was sworn-in by Air Force Brigadier General B. Nichols.  A 2005 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Haleck is the son of Ernest and Karen Haleck, and...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Oregon National Guard is proud to welcome Tauaitala Leasiolagi to the team, and excited to see her future expand at Southern Oregon University. After four years at El Camino High School in Oceanside, CA, Leasiolagi moved to the island where she continued her...
 SFC Samasoni Lele’a with the American Samoa flag
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — SFC Samasoni Lele’a is a native of American Samoa, from the far eastern village of Onenoa. He enlisted in the US Army in August 1988 and went through basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas, graduating as a Man Portable Air...
June Ifopo on graduation day with family
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — If you have ever taken the road near the Veterans Memorial Stadium during early evening hours over the past three years, chances are, you’ve seen La’auli Malotumau Ifopo jogging. La’auli, known to family and friends as “June”, is one of the 17 locals who took the oath of...

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