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Our Troops

Seaman Ruth Tuiolemotu
Charlestown, MASSACHUSETTS — A daughter of American Samoa — Seaman Ruth Tuiolemotu checked aboard the USS Constitution on July 20, 2022. During normal operations, the active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people a...
Joanya Tafua holding the American Samoa flag
Joanya Tafua of Pago Pago and Nuuuli has now completed the first phase of her service with Basic Millitary Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Her MOS is Aviation Resource Management and she will continue her Advanced Individual Training in Mississippi for the next 5 months.  ...
Members of VFW Post 3391
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Some of the men and women who fought and served to protect our great America! Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of American Samoa Post 3391 celebrated Independence Day with a flag raising ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Center at the Industrial Park early...
Soldiers and entertainers at haw Air Force Base, S.C.
U.S. Army Central soldiers pose for a photo with entertainers during the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month observance at Patton Hall on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 20, 2022.  Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) follows and creates the supporting annual...
Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Wreaths were laid in four different places yesterday morning in remembrance of men and women of the various branches of the US Armed Forces who died in the line of duty in centuries old wars and modern day wars. Prayers were also offered for the loved ones they left...
Ft. Bliss troops celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Dressed in traditional wear representing various Pacific islands are military members of U.S Army based at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas in this recent photo was shared with Samoa News. [l-r] Lolomahaviti Laban Malik Abdul, Lehualani Uluenga Gillis, Randy Gillis, Margie Migi, Joyce Galiki, Timisha...
Graduate Cadet Seung Ju Myung with his family and supporters
Washington, D.C. — Uifa’atali Amata is congratulating Seung Ju Bryan Myung of American Samoa upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He graduated last Saturday, May 21, 2022, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Area Studies-East Asia & Cyber Security. “...
Colleen Azizes Vou accepting her citation
Murray, KENTUCKY — Colleen Azizes Vou, who hails from the village of Mapusaga Fou is scheduled to graduate from Murray State University in Kentucky with a Bachelor of Integrated Studies in Military Science on May 14, and will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Her parents are...
Kathlynn Faaita with family holding an American Samoa flag
San Antonio, TEXAS — Kathlynn Faaita successfully graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training on May 6 in Lackland AFB, San Antonio Texas. BMT is 7-1/2 weeks of training that entails military drill and ceremony, Air Force history, physical fitness and testing as well as Basic Expeditionary...
Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata recognized the sacrifice of American Samoa’s military spouses for Military Spouse Appreciation Day. “Our people include many military families and military spouses, both in American Samoa and living elsewhere but originally from American Samoa,”...

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