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Independence Day, or 4th of July  as it is more commonly known, is a day many associate with fireworks, outdoor barbecues, and family gatherings at the beach. In the United States, it’s a day filled with carnivals, fairs, parades, baseball games, and political ceremonies.

Siblings share service experience aboard USS George Washington

WATERS NEAR GUAM (NNS) -- Separation from family during deployments can be difficult for any Sailor, but for two Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), family is just a few decks away.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Naiatea Iuli and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Apprentice Kapeli Iuli, from American Samoa, are siblings serving together aboard the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier.

DPS detective re-ups in military

Talaleomalie Matautia Moretenson a detective with the Vice and Narcotics Division with the Department of Public Safety, with her proud parents Apulu Veronika Molio’o Mata'utia-Mortenson and Andrew Mortenson after she re-enlisted in the military for another six years.
She’s the first American Samoan female to graduate from the firefighting academy, and is also an instructor with TaeBo courses assisting her mother Apulu.


FORT HOOD, Texas – In her first year in the Army, Pfc. Theresa Laufasa is already getting noticed after winning the Paralegal Soldier of the Quarter competition for the 1st Cavalry Division Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in March.
Laufasa, who assists in processing legal actions for two of the battalions in the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, said her culture and strong family ties helped her succeed in the competition.

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.



Memorial Day, while a national U.S. holiday commemorating our men and women who died while in military service, the territory has brought this special day into the culture and all our loved ones that have passed away are remembered along with our military men and women.


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