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Retail Specialist 1st Class Faano Alesana
ARABIAN GULF — Retail Specialist 1st Class Faano Alesana, assigned to the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), sends holiday greetings to her family in American Samoa from the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 10. Philippine Sea is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure...
Photos of U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Jacinta Migo Buckhalter and family members
Hurlburt Field, FLORIDA — U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Jacinta Migo Buckhalter is the Superintendent, 505th Test and Training Group (505 TTG), Hurlburt Field, Florida.  Sergeant Buckhalter was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa and entered the Air Force in October 1998. Her background is in...
Veterans Day graphic
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day 2020: “Our Veterans are a source of strength, leadership, and wise counsel throughout our community. God bless our Veterans and their families on this Veterans Day. It’s been a year of...
Marine Corps banner
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlights today, Tuesday, Nov. 10 the 245th birthday and exceptional history of the United States Marine Corps.  “Since 1775, the U.S. Marines have served the cause of freedom with valor,” said Aumua Amata. “Congratulations on this anniversary...
 Ma’umagasiva Jr Sou was promoted to Captain
Honolulu, HAWAII — Ma’umagasiva Jr Sou was promoted to Captain today, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in a ceremony in Hawaii.  The Pago Pago native and graduate of Samoana High School is the son of the late Ma’umagasiva Sou of Savai’i, Samoa and Sauaso Amituana’i Sou of Pago Pago and the grandson of the...
Retired Vice Adm. Adam Robinson Jr.
Honolulu, HAWAII —The Department of Veterans Affairs Pacific Island System is unlike few other medical systems in the world. Based in Hawaii, it spans approximately 2.6 million square miles and is responsible for all veterans of the U.S. armed forces residing in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the...
US Coast Guard Lt. Creighton C. Chong at the podium.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — US Coast Guard Lt. Creighton C. Chong is the new supervisor for the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment American Samoa unit. He reported to American Samoa on Aug. 25th, and underwent local quarantine requirement before being released for duty. Thereafter Chong attended...
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Keneti Pa’uulu during ceremony
Bemowo Piskie Training Area, POLAND — Toa O Samoa serving overseas: U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Keneti Pa’uulu, the incoming command sergeant major of Battle Group Poland, salutes during a change of command ceremony in Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, July 17, 2020. After a 6-month rotation,...
Serenalia May Iona (middle) receiving her sholder boards.
Colorado Spring, COLORADO — Leone High School Class of 2020 co- Valedictorian, Serenalia May Iona (middle) was among cadets who recently participated in a ceremony of acceptance into the Cadet Wing, Class of 2024, at the U.S Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “We received our shoulder...
Purple Heart Day logo
Washington, D.C.— Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata recognized Purple Heart Day 2020 and honored American Samoa’s Purple Heart Veterans. “Every year, we honor all our Veterans on Veterans Day, and all those who sacrificed life itself on Memorial Day, but August 7th is specially designated as Purple...

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