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American Samoa reservists to deploy this week

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Eighteen soldiers with the American Samoa Army Reserve Unit, specifically those who perform mortuary functions, are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East this Thursday. The deployment period may last up to 8 months.

The deployed soldiers, mostly women, are from the 962nd Quartermaster Company.

The soldiers and their families were the center point of Sunday's special farewell church service at the CCCAS in Nuuuli where Lt. Governor Lemanu Sialega Palepoi Mauga talked about the importance of mortuary services, in so far as handling the remains of fallen soldiers and prepping them for their return home.

Lemanu advised the soldiers to remain faithful in God and remember that everyone is praying for their safe return.

Those on the deployment list include: Captain Ruth Faatiga, Staff Sgt Amy Seko, Sgt Doris Pulu, Spc Leonetta Samuelu Solaita, Spc Daniel Saufoi, Spc Josephine Salipopo, Spc Sigago Samiu, Spc Nainiu Aliitaeao, Spc George Ioasa, Spc Betty Wells, Spc Mehittabell Aiono, Spc Mariah Leaumoana, Spc Daryleen Moi, Spc Sinaaletoaga Mauga, Spc Frank Mauigoa, Spc Jasmine Suakalio, PFC Roberta Puni, and PV2 Salamasina Letuli.

Samoa News thanks you all for your service.