Our Troops

Angel Leupolu-Osouna promoted to CPO

Angel C. Leupolu-Osouna was promoted to Chief Petty Officer (E-7) in the United States Navy on 16 September 2016. She is the daughter of  Kiliata Leupolu of Fagaitua and Pitolua Sene-Leupolu of Aoa & Sailele.

Angel grew up in Aoa with her Grandmother the late Ruta Sailele Sene and her Grandfather the late Mamea Uelese Sene.

CPO Leupolu-Osouna is currently stationed in Naval Station Bahrain. She is pictured here with her husband (far right) and is the mother of two — Matai (8) and Alapeti Jr. (11).
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Local woman graduates from USCG training

Petty Officer 1st class Fairburn Moesogi Tupua of Vaitogi and Leone following her graduation from training earlier this month is pictured here with her sister, Jackie Tupua Tulafono who attended the ceremony.
Petty Officer Tupua is now assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Midgett based in Seattle, Washington; she is the daughter of Tupua Faoato Fua and Moeisogi Faleafine Tupua of Aasu and Vaitogi.
The graduation was held on September 2, 2016 at the USCG Training Camp in Cape May, New Jersey.

Fa’atupe Ofisa CJPA le fa’a faigaluegaina o Leoleo fou e to’a 7


I le mae’a ai ona fa’amaonia e le Komesina o Leoleo i luma o le Komiti So’ofa’atasi o le Paketi a le Fono Faitulafono i le vaiaso na te’a nei, le le lava o le paketi a lona Ofisa e totogi ai ova taimi o Leoleo, aemaise ai o le fa’a faigaluegaina o ni isi Leoleo fou e fesoasoani i le galuega, o le aso Faraile na te’a nei na fa’amaonia ai e le Fa’atonusili o le Ofisa e Puipuia Solitulafono i le atunu’u (CJPA), lo latou sauni e fa’atupe le fa’a faigaluegaina o Leoleo fou e to’a 7 mo le Ofisa o Leoleo a le malo.

Princess Auva'a graduates from basic training

PFC Auva'a, shown here with brother Hawley Auva'a, partner Kenny Nobrega, and best friend Trina Ve'e Tuimalealiifano who travelled to South Carolina to be with her.
Princess Auva'a as she is known here in American Samoa graduated Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina Thursday August 25th.
PFC Auva'a is now headed to FT Lee in Virginia for AIT.
Congratulations PFC Auva'a from your Samoa News family & friends.

Amata and House Caucus on Women’s Issues lay wreath at Arlington National Cemetery

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington D.C. –  Aumua Amata and the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues held a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery this morning to honor all of the women who have served our great nation in the Armed Forces.

Four graduate from Basic Training

Graduated from Basic Training in Fort Jackson on May 19, 2016 are:
L-R: Pvt.Oliver Falesita, Pvt. Tua Laga, Pv2. Suia'i Moalele, Pvt.Donald White.



Even though he didn’t come home with the gold, US Army SGT Frank Seko is definitely a local hero, as he was the first US Army Reservist from American Samoa to represent the 9th Mission Support Command in the United States Army Reserve Component (USARC) Best Warrior Competition earlier this month, where Seko outperformed his counterparts and competitors from other units in the Pacific region.

A milestone for another Samoan in the Armed Forces

In the spirit of this graduation season, Uilisone Falemanu Tua who reads Samoa News online, shared a milestone set by a fellow Samoan in the Armed Services, giving hope and motivation for our recent High School graduates to reach for the stars.  

Captain Puletasi Wong-Mageo promoted to Major

Captain Puletasi Wong-Mageo (in Army fatigues, in front of cake) has been promoted to Major in the US Army and the promotion ceremony was held Mar. 6 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Leone, presided over by Lt. Col. Clinton Seybold of the American Samoa US Army Reserve Installation Commander.  In this photo provided by the family, church leaders, family members and others surround Maj. Wong-Mageo.


Fofo Tuitele joined the Marines in 1965
RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Fifty years after he joined the United States Marine Corps, a decorated veteran is now a United States citizen.
Fofomaitulagi Tuitele, known to friends and family as Fofo, recently completed his naturalization requirements and took the oath of allegiance during a ceremony last Thursday.
He said the certificate of citizenship is just a piece of paper, but it proves what he has felt all along.

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