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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:
 



Anastasia Ioane graduates from Naval Academy

Pictured here on her graduation day, is Anastasia Ioane, who graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on May 23, 2014 as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Just 21 years old, she is the daughter of Maselino and Antonina Ioane.

Anastasia gave her “First Salute” to her older cousin, 30yr old Staff Sergeant Thomas Salina (L) also in the Marine Corps.



Chamberlin re-enlists, heading to State Department

Millington, TN — At a Naval Support Facility outside Memphis, TN this week, Navy Chief Petty Officer Lole Chamberlin of Pago Pago, daughter of the late Dennis Dale Chamberlin and Rosemary Chamberlin Kent, recently re-enlisted for a new tour of duty.  Chamberlin is the first female Samoan in the history of the U. S. Navy Seabees to advance to the rank of active duty Engineering Aide Chief Petty Officer (EAC).
 



Ensign Pine of Iliili & Pago Pago graduates from Naval Academy

U.S. Navy Ensign Paulena Puanani Pine, daughter of U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant and Mrs. William S. Pine, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD on May 23, 2014 and is commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Navy. 
 
Ens. Pine is also the grand daughter of retired U.S. Navy Musician Frederick and his wife Lalopua Taofi Morgan of IliIli and grand niece of High Chief Lina Fanene Kava of Pago Pago, American Samoa. 
 



Leaving home for first time, a huge culture shock

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Lackland Air Force Base is worlds away from American Samoa, in more ways than one.
 
And for Senior Airman Desirae Faasavalu, she found a few of those differences right away.
 
“It was a huge culture shock, seeing all of the buildings and freeways and no greenery,” she said.
 



Daughter of Samoa named Military Child of the Year

LARGO, Florida — A Largo High School senior is getting a big honor as the Military Child of the Year.
 
Juanita Collins is - in a word - exceptional. She has a 4.5 GPA at Largo High School, where she serves as senior class president, captain of the volleyball team and a community volunteer.
 
And now, because of all that, she’s Operation Homefront’s 2014 Military Child of the Year.
 
Collins said she was excited to learn she'd received the honor.