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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.


Military Mothers: Dr. Minareta Moananu -Thompson


 I le toe tepa ai o le faletua o Dr. Minareta Moananu-Thompson po o “SFC E-7 Thompson” i tausaga e tele o lana tautua i totonu o Vaega ‘au a le Ami o Amerika, sa ia taua ai i le Samoa News e fa’apea, o le taimi pito sili lava ona faigata ia te ia, o lona tuua lea o lana fanau ae aga’i e fa’atino lana auaunaga i soo se taimi e valaauliaina ai o ia.


FORT SHAFTER FLATS — On a rainy Saturday, the men of the only infantry battalion in the U.S. Army Reserve stood proudly in formation as Lt. Col. Kenneth Tafao took command of 100th Inf. Bn., 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, from outgoing commander Lt. Col. Daniel Austin, during a ceremony, here, April 11.
Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers, family members, retirees and guests gathered for the ceremony presided over by Col. Colbert Low, commander, 303rd MEB.

O Faiva e Tapua’ia, E Manuia!

O lenei fo’i vaiaso ua mafai ona maua ni feso’ota’iga ma nisi o alo o le atunu’u o lo ua fa’amanuiaina a latou taumafaiga o aga atu i latou i ai, ma ua tatou mautinoa foi le manuia o tatou o tapua’ia.




Gabbard family gathers for promotion

William Gabbard (center) was recently promoted to Sergeant Major, U.S Army.  Gabbard has been a member of the United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C since 1987.