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Col. Kenneth Tafao Jr
Ft. Shafter, HAWAII  — Col. Kenneth Tafao Jr., U.S. Army, graduated from the United States Army War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a master's degree in Strategic Studies on July 24, 2020. The graduation ceremony guest speaker was Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the U.S. Army G 3/5/7. A native of...
Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarona Toalepai —
BEAUFORT, S.C. — Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarona Toalepai, a native of Aunu'u, American Samoa, is playing a critical role in the U.S. Navy’s efforts to maintain a healthy and ready fighting force in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. As a hospital corpsman working at the Naval Hospital in...
Staff Sgt. Fautua Thompson
Darwin, AUSTRALIA — U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Fautua Thompson, intermediate supply activity chief, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, is participating in the planning and execution of MRF-D 20.2 on Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, in Darwin, NT, Australia, June 10, 2020. An Aunu’u,...
The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy virtual graduation held on Friday, June 19, 2020. Pictured here are USASMA Class 70 graduates. L-R, SGM Petero Valai, SGM Afa Taupo, WO1 Sione Mohi Uata (His Majesty's Armed Forces Kingdom of Tonga), SGM Holi Holi & SGM Michael Moana. [courtesy...
Sgt. 1st Class Gilberto Rivera and Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Hannah
Honolulu, HAWAII — The 9th Mission Support Command, headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, has mobilized close to 400 personnel since March, throughout the Pacific, to provide assistance to Defense Support to Civil Authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 9th MSC is the most geographically...
The 3rd Infantry Division island dancers
Fort Stewart, GEORGIA — Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, hosted the 2020 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Observance at Woodruff Theater May 20 on Fort Stewart. The key note speaker of the event was Lt. Col Samuel Kim, the 3rd ID chaplain, and the...
Headstone of Navy Seaman Tafaega of Olosega, Mau'a
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following message for this Memorial Day:  “Memorial Day is one of our country’s most important holidays. Our freedom has always depended on generations of military heroes willing to serve and sacrifice. Memorial Day is the one day we focus...
Lieutenant General Laura J. Richardson andLieutenant General Laura J. Richardson
San Antonio, TEXAS — A son of American Samoa is serving on the Dept. of Defense’s COVID-19 Response Team where he was instrumental in providing logistical oversight, management of medical supplies and synchronizing efforts in transporting medical equipment to all forces, in every region across the...
Amata with several Samoan Navy personnel, including (far left) Lolo Rosemary Chamberlain.
Washington, D.C. — Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata recognized National Armed Forces Day (May 16) and National Military Appreciation Month (May): “In American Samoa, we are so proud of every one of our many men and women serving our country. We are blessed to have our own representing each branch...
Samoan soldiers at Fort Lee
Fort Lee, VIRGINIA — Enlisting in the Army with a childhood friend or relative is a generations-old practice meant to bring familiarity and comfort to an experience fraught with stress and uncertainty. So, does signing up with more than one recruit further ease the difficulties associated with...

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