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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,”...
Capt. Paunga with his wife, mother and son
Ft. Hood, TEXAS — American Samoa native son, U.S Army Capt. Alaimoana Tu’avao Paunga will take command of his unit in July. Capt. Paunga is a graduate of South Carolina State University where he was also commissioned as a U.S. Army Officer into the Corps of Engineers. He is currently stationed at...
Capt. Anasetasia Maselino Ioane (right)
This undated photo, shows US Marine Corps Capt. Anasetasia Maselino Ioane (far right) of Aua, American Samoa, with two follow-soldiers during a recent military event off island. Capt. Ioane is a pilot with the U.S Marine Corps. [courtesy photo]
The 8 Specialists
The US Army Reserve Pago Pago Unit celebrated the achievement of these 8 Specialists after they completed a 3-week virtual course in Leadership: "Educating today — Leaders for Tomorrow". Their graduation ceremony was held at the Konelio Pele US Army Reserve Center, which also recognized their...
U.S. Army Reserve banner
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata issued the following statement in recognition of 114 years of service by the U.S. Army Reserve and those currently serving in American Samoa: “Along with all Americans, I celebrate the 114th birthday of the US Army Reserve. The Army Reserve is an...
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...

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