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SFC MANAIA FRUEAN JR. SAYS MILITARY LIFE IS CHALLENGING & REWARDING

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Not even 40 years old yet, Manaia Fruean Jr. has racked up enough military medals and honors that will keep him talking stories for the rest of his life.
 
Currently a Sergeant First Class (E-7) stationed in Fort Irwin, California, Fruean has spent 17 years in the United States Army during which time he has traveled the world and experienced first hand the same thing that military families face at one point or another: separation.
 



O Faiva e Tapua’ia, e Manuia

O le alo o Amerika Samoa sa malaga atu ina ua mae’a lona fa’au’uga ia Iuni 2014 mai Tafuna High School, Pvt Anthony Vaivao, ua fa’ailoa mai lona agaga fa’afetai i lona aiga, Mrs Vaivao ma le fanau: Shane Vaivao, Tricia Grace Vaivao ma Lahriza Vaivao, fa’apea lona aiga atoa i Pago Pago ma Vaitogi, ua fa’ai’u manuia mea uma ia Iulai 1, 2015 ina ua mae’a lana AIT.

 



IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM: 2 TOURS OF VIETNAM & HE LIVES TO CELEBRATE LIFE

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“We were hit almost every day and night. It was really dangerous out there”
 
Tomorrow is July 4th and American Samoa will join the United States and the rest of its territories in celebrating Independence Day with activities such as barbecues, family outings, fireworks, or a day at the beach.



IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM: “THE MILITARY TAUGHT ME EVERYTHING I KNOW”

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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.
 
 



STANDOUT PARALEGAL SOLDIER DRAWS ON SAMOAN HERITAGE

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.”
 



AMATA CONGRATULATES CSM TOBIN ON HIS MOST RECENT ASSIGNMENT

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.”