Our Troops

Daughter of Samoa named Military Child of the Year

LARGO, Florida — A Largo High School senior is getting a big honor as the Military Child of the Year.
Juanita Collins is - in a word - exceptional. She has a 4.5 GPA at Largo High School, where she serves as senior class president, captain of the volleyball team and a community volunteer.
And now, because of all that, she’s Operation Homefront’s 2014 Military Child of the Year.
Collins said she was excited to learn she'd received the honor.

Fallen Toa O Samoa, Staff Sgt. Hollister honored

American Samoa native and fallen Toa o Samoa, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert ‘Danny’ Hollister, was honored in February during the naming ceremony for the ‘Hollister Auditorium’ at the C-17 Squadron Operations held Feb. 28 at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman, Hawai’i.

Lt. Colonel Robert Lee Le’iato

Pinning ceremony for Major Robert Lee Le’iato to Lieutenant Colonel.

He is currently stationed in South Carolina.

Lt. Colonel Le’iato is the son of the late Antonio Tupua Le’iato and Lorraine Liualevaiosina Taeu Fuimaono Le’iato, from the villages of Faga’itua and Fagatogo.

U.S. Navy Seaman Satele qualified as Master At Arms

On Friday, February 7, 2014 at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Navy Seaman (SN) Gabriela Satele successfully completed 260 hours of the U.S. Naval Education and Training Command’s Master At Arms training course.
Gabriela is the daughter of Galumalemana and Nancy Satele of Vailoatai. She is a 2007 graduate of Leone High School and a 2011 graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) with a B.A. degree in Social Work.



A total of 35 local young men and women (19 females and 16 males) took the Oath of Enlistment last Friday to become members of the United States Army.
Of that number, 28 have committed to going on active duty while the remaining seven will join the Army Reserve. Eleven of the new recruits are high school seniors — five from Faga’itua, two from Tafuna and four from Samoana.

Toa o Samoa gather for celebration

Toa o Samoa soldiers come together at McGinnis-Wickham hall, Marshall Auditorium in Fort Benning, Georgia to celebrate Spc. Shimasaki Tilei of Fagaalu, American Samoa’s graduation from Warriors Leadership Course (WLC).

Pictured with Shimasaki are SGT. Nathan Vaitautolu of Faleasao, Manua and 1LT Meaole Meaole Jr. of Amanave.

Amata's Journal: Final stop — Fort Lee

After a truly enjoyable visit with the Samoan community at Camp Lejeune and Jacksonville, we said our goodbyes to our hosts Sylvia Sulua'i Avens of Pago Pago and her husband Corey Avens whose generous hospitality will never be forgotten.  

News from Our Troops

On Friday, December 13, 2013, Arthur Fabian Jr. graduated Navy basic training as a Master at Arms in his Division 039.
Also the youngest in his division, Fabian graduated from Kileen High School in Kileen, Texas (class of 2013) and his rank is Airman E-3.
He is now in Pensacola, Florida for his A school in Aviation.
Fabian is from the villages of Faleniu and Mapusagafou, American Samoa. His parents are Arthur and Aiga Fabian.

SMURFS 2 screening set for Saturday at Palmer Theater at Fort Hood

FORT HOOD, Texas – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Fort Hood, and Smurf characters are inviting military children of all ages to a special screening of The Smurfs 2 at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Palmer Theater here.

Smurfette and Clumsy Smurf will be on hand to greet Soldiers and family members at the Palmer Theater starting at 12:25 p.m.

Both Smurf characters will assist in conducting a free drawing at 1:30 p.m. to give away dozens of free Christmas trees to Fort Hood military families.

From Samoa to a life in the U.S. Army — CSM Tobin to lead 8thTSC at Fort Shafter

Honolulu, HAWAI'I — After two plus years in Afghanistan, 15 months in Iraq and nearly three decades in the U.S. Army, Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Tobin heads to the U.S. Pacific Command – in Hawai'i, next spring – to become Command Sergeant Major of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) at Fort Shafter.