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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) S1 Marie 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

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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.
 



From Nationals to Citizens, soldiers naturalized

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Some of the 47 locally based soldiers, who are all U.S. nationals born in American Samoa, took the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens during a ceremony held yesterday at the Veterans Memorial Hall in the Tafuna Industrial Park.
 
The oath was administered by David G. Gulick, director of District 26 of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which coordinated the ceremony with the U.S. Army Reserve Theater Support Group-Pacific (USAR TSG-Pacific).
 



Recruiter re-enlists for three more years

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Yesterday morning, Sergeant First Class (SFC) Jancey Fano Shimasaki re-enlisted to serve another three years in the United States Army. 
 
Administering the enlistment oath was Captain Puletasi Wong-Mageo of the American Samoa Army Reserve Center.  SFC Shimasaki, a Samoana High School graduate, is the son of Mitch and Terry Shimasaki of Fagaalu. 
 



Our sons & daughters in the Armed Forces

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Sgt. 1st Class Ghayle Kaleopa-Lynn, a native of American Samoa is the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of overseeing operations at the Supply Support Activity (SSA) point for Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan where they are in the process of closing it down and transitioning to a Forward Issue Turn-In Point (FITIP). 
 
She is a member the 533rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, of the 4th SBDE. She is the only Wrangler Soldier working at the site with civilian contractors.
 



Service & sacrifice of ‘Toa Samoa’ highlighted at flag raising

Samoa flag raised during ceremony in Hawai'i
 
(KALIHI, Hawai’i) — The service and sacrifice of our ‘Toa Samoa’ was highlighted when close to 200 members of the Samoan community in Hawai’i gathered for the Second Annual Independent State of Samoa Flag Raising Ceremony, Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Kuhio Park Terrace.
 
RAISING OF THE FLAGS
 



Paul Ieti on America’s Got Talent Tuesday

Paul Ieti gets his chance Tuesday night before the America’s Got Talent (AGT) judges and audience to win a spot in the rankings on one of NBC’s top rated ‘reality’ TV shows. The 21 year-old American Samoa singer makes his national TV debut Tuesday, June 17 and the show will air here the same night on the Hawaii NBC station that is broadcast on KVZK-TV Ch 5. Airtime is believed to be 7 p.m.
 



CW5 Yandall retires after 42+ years in Army

Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5) Robert Totolua Yandall retired on June 7, 2014, at Ft. Bragg, NC, after serving the United States Army over 42+ years.  He is the son of Joseph Yandall of Leloaloa and Saitaua Ripley Alo of Leone and the first Samoan to serve this many years in the United States Army, Active Federal Service. 
 
Born in American Samoa, he enlisted in the US Army on April 6, 1972
 



CSM Tobin salutes newly commissioned son

Command Sergeant Major Charles Tobin salutes his newly graduated son, 2LT Charles Tobin Jr after his West Point graduation, Wednesday, May 28, 2014, where President Barack Obama gave the keynote address.
 
Proud father CSM Tobin wrote the following tribute for the occasion: