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Chief Master Sergeant Tomio Nomura-Brown,  Uifa’atali Amata, Col. Allison “A.B.” Black
Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata was part of a Congressional Delegation that visited the Philippines this past week where they met up with Filipino officials as well as U.S. Military service members. Among them, Amata was delighted to see Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Tomio Nomura-Brown of Afono...
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marynita Vaigatolo
San Diego, CA — An American Samoan is serving in the U.S. Navy at a helicopter squadron that flies the newest and most technologically-advanced helicopters. Petty Officer 2nd Class Marynita Vaigatolo joined the Navy two years ago. Today, Vaigatolo serves as an aviation machinist’s mate. “I joined...
 1st Sgt. Geraldine Turituri
American Samoa native, U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Geraldine Turituri (middle) shown in this photo shared to Samoa News by a family member, during her promotion ceremony at Fort Stewart, Georgia. She is with the 90th Human Resources Company. [courtesy photo]
1st Lt. Taulagaola Uta’i
Baton Rouge, LOUISIANA — During March, the Louisiana National Guard honors past and present female service members and their vital roles and contributions to the force. Prior to October 1971, women were not allowed to join the National Guard, but today the Louisiana Army National Guard (LAARNG) has...
Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is congratulating and highlighting the accomplishment of WO1 Freddy E. Pu’e, of Leone, who graduates from Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot’s training this week in a ceremony at Fort Rucker, Alabama.  “Congratulations to Warrant Officer Freddy Pu’e for completing flight...
SPC Semeatu Tauatama, 1SG Solomua Tiliaia-Comstock, SPC Onosa'i Misionare , PFC Vaelua Misiaita, SSG Tekawita Tauai-Sua, CPT Sita Luapene-Uini and Defense contractor Emanuelu Tupai
Camp Arifjan, KUWAIT  Over 300 soldiers, civilians, and contractors at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait attended a luau on Christmas Day hosted by the Samoan soldiers who are members of the 15th Financial Management Support Unit (FMSU) at Camp Arifjan. It was also Livestreamed via FB where over 750 tuned in. “...
Maj. Julius Delapena pictured with crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry
Honolulu, HAWAII — Julius Delapena spent six weeks on the open sea supporting Operation Aiga, a 46-day U.S. Coast Guard patrol that traversed nearly the entirety of the Polynesian region of the Pacific including Hawaii, Tonga and Samoa from August 17th to September 30th earlier this year....
CSM retired Faleniko with a photo of his son, Jonathan.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — CSM (Ret) Ioakimo Falaniko, who served in the U.S. Army for 32 years, passed away this past week. His high standards are embedded in the foundations of the tens of thousands of Soldiers with whom he trained, mentored, and led in peace and combat. He is a Sapper Icon...
Navy Seaman Tafeaga's historical marker in Manu'a
Washington, D.C. — In messages of tribute from Governor Lemanu P.S. Mauga and Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata, they honor the anniversary of the United States Navy’s founding, which dates back to 1775, when the Continental Navy was established even before the Declaration of Independence. Its’...
Juniper's crew servicing the green bouy at the entrance to Pago Pago harbor.
HONOLULU — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Juniper (WLB 201) returned to Honolulu after completing a 45-day patrol in Oceania in support of Operation ‘Aiga’ on Friday. During the 10,000 nautical-mile patrol, the cutter's crew conducted operations to counter illegal, unreported, and unregulated...

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