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Soldiers in Hilo at deployment ceremony Friday
HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii Army National Guard unit with soldiers based on the Big Island and Kauai will be deployed for a year to support a multinational group in Egypt. A total of 110 soldiers from Charlie Troop in Kauai, and Headquarters and Headquarters Troop from Hilo will be...
Fort Hood, TEXAS — Congresswoman Aumua Amata recently visited and shared a meal at Fort Hood with American Samoa's military active duty and retirees including Ed and Sina Hernandez; Rosita Luapene of Tafuna; Faga Pa'au of Fitiuta Manu'a; Pauulu Lelauti; Agaiotupu Tuiolemotu; Iosefatu Taua'a; Tualua...
Marine Scout Sniper Fofo Tuitele in 1975
Koh Tang Island, CAMBODIA — Forty-three years after the last official battle of the Vietnam War there is a renewed effort to get long overdue recognition for the veterans of the Mayaguez Incident. While the Marine, Air Force, and Navy officers were heavily decorated for the disastrous rescue...
Amata with troops at airport
O le toe taimi ma fanau uma ua tula'i e tali le vala'au ina ia tapenapena i tomai fa'apitoa fa'afitafita a le Malo Tele, na tu'ua fa'atasi e latou le atunu'u i le va'alele o le aso Lua na te'a nei. Ia manuia o outou faiva, ma ia fa'atasi fo'i le Atua i tiute uma. Na malaga fa'atasi fo'i i latou ma...
Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
Fort Drum, NEW YORK — “It was a really, really hot night. We had a full moon, and our platoon was moving through Afghan farmlands,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin F. Aetonu, a squad leader for 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. “We were doing some clearance operations through...
SGM Salele'a Tuiolemotu with family after his pinning ceremony
Fort Bliss, TEXAS — The Sergeants Major Academy Frocking Ceremony was held on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, Fort Bliss, TX.  MSG Salele'a Tuiolemotu (Taʻitaʻi Fono/ Chairman EFKAS, Toa O Samoa El Paso, TX) was pinned to the US Army Sergeant Major (SGM) rank in...
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Daniel Lee participates in the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games
Colorado Springs, COLORADO — Imagine, in a matter of seconds, the world as you know it is changed forever. How will you adapt? How will you let it affect you? Will you allow the change to control you or will you use it to fuel your motivation and not hold you back? Some things we can’t control, but...
US Army Lt. Col. Clinton C. Seybold (left), Commander of the local US Army Reserve and U.S. Army Maj. Ullisses Taymes (right)
US Army Lt. Col. Clinton C. Seybold (left), Commander of the local US Army Reserve and U.S. Army Maj. Ullisses Taymes (right) pictured during their Wednesday visit to Samoa News. Seybold will be departing the territory later next month and a new commander will take over.  [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
Lt. Col. Clint Seybold, commander of Detachment American Samoa
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Typhoons, earthquakes, and active shooters. These are some of the actual scenarios that Soldiers trained on during the first Army Reserve emergency response exercise. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from Detachment American Samoa, Detachment Marianas and...
In this photo from the U.S. Coast Guard Family Facebook page. Alaimaleata is leading the whole unit (front) holding the flag.  [courtesy photo]
Son of American Samoa from the village of Alofau completed training with the U.S. Coast Guard in Cape May, New Jersey on June 15, 2018. Leonrhee Tuupo Alaimaleata graduated as an E3 Seaman. He will be stationed in Alexandria, Virginia in the Ceremonial Honor Guard. Only three USCG recruits are...

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