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(Editor’s Note: President Donald Trump announced last Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US armed forces. The twitter decision came without a plan in place to implement it. And, has left active transgender military members...
From L-R: Paulo Momoisea from Amaluia, SFC (USA Ret.) Robert Tua from Aasu, CSM (USA Ret.) and Mrs. Ioakimo Falaniko from Utulei, Mrs. Robert Tua, Vasa Loa and daughter Marilyn from Asili, Rep. Aumua Amata, CSM Charles M. Tobin, Acting DOI Assistant Secretary Nikolao Pula, SFC (USA Ret.) Fa’aaliga Matagi from Ta’u, 1SG Junior Galoia  [Courtesy photo]
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata would like to extend her sincere congratulations and appreciation to Command Sergeant Major Charles M. Tobin, who retires from the United States Army this month after nearly 34 years of service. CSM Tobin is a native of Pago Pago, American Samoa and Lotopa...
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US Army Second Lieutenant Jason Lynn Marshall, right, salutes his father, Jeffrey Lynn Marshall, from Champaign, Illinois, (prior service Army Staff Sergeant) during a University of Illinois Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Tri- Service Commissioning Ceremony at the Urbana campus last month.   At...
US Navy Yeoman Seaman Recruit Faafetaiilealii “Tai” Raison (far right) with his three brothers and parents Josephine and Melvin Ae. Tai was recently recognized as PCU Portland LPD 27s Sailor of the Week. See story for full details.  [photo: courtesy]
Long before Faafetaiileali’i Raison donned his cap and gown last year and walked across the stage to receive his diploma as part of Samoana High School’s Class of 2016, he already knew what he wanted to be: a sailor in the United States Navy. Growing up in a family with a long history of US...
The final funeral service for US Army SPC Shaleen Maiava is scheduled for tomorrow. She is a member of the Utulei CCCAS youth and the church minister, along with fellow youth members, paid tribute to her in a special ceremony held this past Wednesday evening. Shaleen passed away unexpectedly at...
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Ipu Tupuola-Passi from Pavaiai, American Samoa was promoted to Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (E-5) in the United States Navy on June 8, 2017.  Congratulations Ipu! [courtesy photo]
Toa Samoa i Fort Bliss, El Paso Texas performed at their Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Ceremony this month.  The President’s proclamation says, “This month, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we recognize the achievements and contributions of Asian...
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YN1 Tagaloa emailed Samoa News to share a friend's special accomplishment. Pictured is Miss Zimmerman T. Enosa of Aoa and Sailele, American Samoa. She represented American Samoa and Western Samoa at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration...
Congresswoman Amata with her fellow Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues colleagues, and the honorees  from the Navy, Air Force, Marines, Army, and Coast Guard stand before the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. [courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata gave moving remarks last Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery’s - Women’s Memorial in recognition of Memorial Day and the service and sacrifices that women have given to the United States Military.  The Congresswoman was honored to be invited to...
Toa o Samoa, Pvt Shaleen Maiava of Utulei [far left] with friends, at Fort Meade, Maryland. Pvt. Maiava passed away due to an illness on Tuesday morning at Fort Meade, her mother told Samoa News. Her family says they are waiting to meet with a US Army representative later this week to officially be...

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