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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...
 Sergeant Major Pousima, Amasia McKay,Amasia Mckay Pousima, Pua Pulou Pousima,
O le susuga le ali’i o le Malo ma le faletua, Amasia Mckay Pousima [tupito] mai Afonotele ma le faletua Pua Pulou Pousima, ma lo la’ua alo, ua tiute nei i la’ua i Pyeongtaek, South Korea ina ua mae’a ona fa’apaleina le tofi fou o le tama o le aiga ua avea ai ma Sergeant Major Pousima, Amasia McKay...
CSM Selau Aiava Jr. and family
SGM Selau Aiava Jr., was recently promoted to Command Sergeant Major and will be transferring to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He is the son of Selau and Peaoe Aiava from village of Pago Pago. Pictured here is CSM Aiava with his lovely wife Noe Hoching-Aiava and their children, Ma’Kley, Selau III,...
Spc. Miguel A. Martinez, Pvt. 1st Class Janice M. Salazar, and Spc. Onosai Misionare
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — When Spc. Miguel A. Martinez thinks back to when he first learned about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 attacks, he remembers feeling angry. The 20-year-old paralegal specialist, assigned to 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command—the Fort Bragg, North Carolina, based unit...
Deon Lesatele Alaimaleata and others being sworn in as Airforce ROTC officers
Honolulu, HAWAII — Deon Lesatele Alaimaleata was sworn in as an officer of the Air Force ROTC at the University of Hawaii- Manoa, this week. He is studying Civil Engineering. His mother, Elisapeta T. Lesatele Alaimaleata said in her Facebook post that the family was not able to attend due to COVID-...
future Airman [Kalepo] Hemingway AND future Airman [Esther] Taufa’asau
Honolulu, HAWAII — US Air Force Pacific Operations Recruiter, TSgt. Mario Soriano Jr., posted on his Facebook page, a message to “welcome and congratulate my first two recruits from American Samoa, future Airman [Kalepo] Hemingway (right) and future Airman [Esther] Taufa’asau for successfully...
Toa o Samoa with Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata
Toa o Samoa with Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata during a CODEL to the Middle East over the holidays. The Congresswoman says the report of a ‘captured’ Toa O Samoa “seems to be a misunderstanding.” Read reports of her official briefings in Monday’s edition where members of Congress questioned...

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