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E3 Seaman Alaimaleata to serve in Ceremonial Honor Guard

In this photo from the U.S. Coast Guard Family Facebook page. Alaimaleata is leading the whole unit (front) holding the flag.  [courtesy photo]
compiled by Samoa News staff

Son of American Samoa from the village of Alofau completed training with the U.S. Coast Guard in Cape May, New Jersey on June 15, 2018. Leonrhee Tuupo Alaimaleata graduated as an E3 Seaman.

He will be stationed in Alexandria, Virginia in the Ceremonial Honor Guard. Only three USCG recruits are selected each year to receive training in the Honor Guard.

Leon’s love for the ocean began when his mom arranged for him to receive sailing certification in Pearl Harbor at the early age of 12 during a summer program. At age 17, he paddled in the Molokai Hoe last year, a 43-mile long competition from Molokai to Waikiki where he paddled for Healani Canoe Club. 

While serving he will complete his undergrad studies majoring in Criminal Justice at Chaminade University of Honolulu. 

Leonrhee pictured with his parents Keresema & Elisapeta Alaimaleata [Courtesy photo]