Our Troops

NM Military Institute grad commissioned

2013 graduate of Samoana High School Lilly Rosa Tauala who was recently commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army during her graduation ceremony on May 16 from New Mexico Military Institute.
She was also the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Award.
She is from the villages of Vatia and Aua. She will soon be attending Texas Tech University.

Capt. Wong- Mageo's leadership award

Source: Media release, Cong. Aumua Amata’s office

Congresswoman Aumua Amata congratulated Captain Puletasi H. Wong-Mageo “on being one of the recipients of the 2014 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.”
She continued, “Captain Wong-Mageo’s dedication to his job and the three words that were often repeated by General MacArthur to guide our nation’s commissioned officers; duty, honor, and country, are of the highest regard as exemplified by his actions in the performance of his duties.”


Source: Media release, Cong. Aumua Amata’s office

Congresswoman Aumua Amata, congratulated Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Charles M. Tobin on his new assignment as the Senior Enlisted Leader of the Defense Logistics Agency.”
Amata stated, “His leadership and dedication to our nation and its ideals serve as a stellar example to all Samoans. I also want to congratulate his family and specifically his daughter Kayla and grandson JJ who were in attendance at the ceremony. I know that their continued support have been a central guiding light in his service to the nation, and for that we thank them.”

Pulou graduates from West Point

Faaolataga Pulou graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point on Saturday, May 23. 
He is a son and product of American Samoa. His parents are Fereti and Folauiula Pulou and they hail from the village of Fagaitua.
West Point graduates obtain a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.  Congratulations 2 LT Pulou!

Samoana grad commissioned as 2nd LT

Samoana High School class of 2013 grad Anthony Vaiuta Steffany received an Army Commission as Second Lieutenant and an AA degree in Criminal Justice from Wentworth Military Lexington, Missouri on May 16.
Second Lieutenant Steffany was born in Fagasa, American Samoa and is the son of Carl William Steffany of Fagasa, American Samoa and Vaesavali Vaiuta Steffany of Pu'apu'a, Savai'i.



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Faga’itua grad gets Army commission at Wentworth


US Army 2nd Lieutenant Lauivaa Chanel Tavai was commissioned in the United States Army from Wentworth Military Academy Reserve Officers Training Corps this past weekend.


Tavai is a 19-year-old graduate of Faga’itua High School’s Class of 2013.


The Wentworth Military Academy and College Commissioning and Commencement Ceremony was held Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 in Missouri.


Military Mothers: Capt. Hanna Seloti Vaouli


“My oath to lay my life on the line for my country included leaving my child…” says Captain Hanna Seloti Vaouli who enlisted right after graduating from Samoana High School in 2000.


Vaouli is currently the Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for American Samoa. She’s married to Captain Asosama Saipale Vaouli, who is the new commander of the Forward Support Company, 411th Engineer Battalion of the local U.S. Army Reserve. They have two beautiful daughters. To date, Capt Hana Vaouli has been serving in the military for 15 years.

Military Mothers: First Sgt Elena Maene


“I was first deployed to Iraq when my daughter was only 10 months old, it was the hardest day of my life… but like the other soldiers who took the oath, that is the sacrifice we make,” said Sgt First Class Elena Maene who’s been serving for 16 years in the U.S. Army.


Maene, who’s a single mother, is currently on compassionate reassignment to the island to take care of her elderly parents. She was approved to come home two weeks prior to her father’s passing last year in June.

Military Mothers: SFC. Maleine Burgess Tilei


I le toe manatua ai o taimi faigata a o tautua i vaega ‘au a le malo tele i le tele o tausaga ua mavae, na saunoa ai le faletua o SFC. Maleine Burgess-Tilei i le Samoa News ananafi e fa’apea, o lona tautua ai i vaega ‘au a le malo tele o Amerika, o se valaau na aumai i le Atua mo ia.