Our Troops


Based on a media release from Aumua Amata's office

Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata has personally called and congratulated Taylor’s parents on their daughter’s outstanding achievement. The Air Force Academy notified Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s office on Jan. 29, 2015 that they are extending an Offer of Appointment to the United States Air Force Academy to Miss Taylor Va’alele Jessop to be a member of the Class of 2019.

‘O Faiva e Tapuai, e Manuia’

Tautua i vaega au a le militeri

O nisi nei o alo o le atunu’u ua ma’ea a latou BCT i South Carolina ma latou AIT i Fort Lee, Virgnia ia Fepuari 6, 2015. Ua tofia nei i latou i pou tiute eseese i vaega au militari a Amerika.




O le Faiva e Tapuaia, e manuia

O Daryleen Saleafaina Moi o ia o se tasi e avea ma Fitafita a le US Army Reserve ma o lo’o i ai nei o ia i Hawaii ina ua mae’a latou BCT na fa’atautaia ai iina. O lenei tama’ita’i talavou, o se alo e fa’asino ia Fa’aeseina Magalei Moi o se tina faia’oga i Midkiff ma Pavaia’i ma le susuga le Pulea’oga Litaea o Kerupi Usoali’i Moi o Faleniu.



The office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events has recently approved an application for funding under the Grants for Adaptive Sports Program for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces Program in the amount of $50,000 for the local American Samoa National Olympic Committee.

Cpt. Saipale Vaouli named to command Forward Support Company


American Samoa native Cpt. Saipale Vaouli is the new commander of the Forward Support Company, 411th Engineer Battalion of the local U.S. Army Reserve, following a ‘change-of-command’ ceremony held last Sunday at the Army Reserve center in Tafuna.
The 32-year old Vaouli, along with Lt. Col. Dragomir Marinkovich, Commander, 411th Engineer Battalion and Maj. Ekkehard Stiller, Executive Officer, 411th Engineer Battalion attended Monday’s opening of the 34th Legislature at the Fono Guest Fale.

Holiday ‘shout outs’ from Our Troops

SrA Alfred Tautolo sends a holiday greeting to family and friends in American Samoa

Capt. Carol Mauga-Vaitautolu Holiday Shout-out

Citizen-Soldiers provide USARPAC with capabilities

A typical day in the U.S. Army Reserve starts and ends within the broad geographic footprint of the “Pride of the Pacific,” with the sun rising in Saipan and setting in American Samoa.
The 9th Mission Support Command is the only Army Reserve command assigned directly to an Army Service Combatant Command, U.S. Army-Pacific.

Toa o Samoa deploy to Med & Middle East

Toa-o-Samoa sailors preparing to man the rails on board USS Fort Mchenry, FSD 43 as they leave homeport in Mayport, Florida. USS LSD 43 Fort. McHenry, an amphibious dock landing ship is part of Amphibious Ready Group (USS Iwo Jima, USS New York & USS Fort McHenry).


The group left Mayport, Florida this month (Dec) deploying for 7 months to the Mediterranean and Middle East.


Pictured are: (L) ET3 Fiafia Sunia and (R) LS3 (SW) Marie LeauMarie Le'au


Master Sgt. Tevesi Fata retires

Tevesi Fata, of Avaio, American Samoa (center) recently retired from the U.S. Army as a Master Sargent. Pictured here surrounded by his proud family, are his wife, Margie, his sons Trevir and Tyler, and daughters Miracle and Mariana.
Master Sgt. Fata was born and raised in American Samoa and now resides in Hinesville, Georgia.

Before retiring, Fata served over ten years in the Middle East. He has received numerous medals and commendations, including a Bronze Medal and medals for Meritorious Service.

Photos of fallen Vietnam War heroes wanted


Officials of a national program to ensure that faces of fallen heroes of the Vietnam War are never forgotten have reached out to Pacific island communities in order to find the families of these individuals in an attempt to provide clear photos for a new education program.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Faces Never Forgotten program team leader, Janna Hoehn recently contacted Afimutasi Gus Hannemann director of ASG’s Hawai’i Office for assistance.