Our Troops

Congratulations to the eight soldiers of American Samoa who graduated from Basic Training this week. Jeff Tolai of Malaeloa, Allen Ropati of Aua, Selau Alualu of Fagatogo, Puleiti of Tafuna, Julie Sefo of Manu’a, Matane Tilei of Fagaalu, Lama Vaisagote of Laulii and George Mose of Afao. May God...
Washington, DC — President Trump signed S. 544 into law Wednesday, which eliminates the termination date for the successful Veteran’s Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. “I was proud to support the House version of this bill, when it passed through the House Veterans Affairs Committee...
Spec. Robert Toilolo (right) sends a shout out to friends and family who will be happy to know that even in Ft. Lee, Virginia, he has Samoan brothers and sisters — including SFC Leaupepe (center) and his new commanding officer, Capt. Valentino Pase (left). “It was a surprise and I am very happy to...
Basic combat training graduates of Delta company 3-34 battalion, 165th brigade of Fort Jackson, South Carolina March 15, 2017. L-R: PVT Toluao, Drill Sgt. Alex Lele Tuitasi of Malaeloa, Pvt Sefo and PVT Tauti, Sina Danielson. Samoa News employed PVT Tauti as part of the Dept. of Human Resources...
Alaiasu Liae Lilii Siufanua of Tafuna High School class of 2014 graduated from Basic Training, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He is pictured here with his grandmother Patricia Coyle from Ohio and his father Steven Lotonuu Siufanua from the village of Faleniu. Congratulations! 
Local US Army Reservist SSGT Frank Seko was officially presented the 9th Mission Support Command’s Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year award last month, during a special military ball held in the Aloha State. Seko, a Distribution System Operator for the Water Division of the American Samoa...
PV2 Vaimauga, daughter of Maanaima and Lepoi Vaimauga from the village of Aua, graduated from Basic and AIT Training this past week at Fort Lee, Virginia. She is a graduate of Samoana High School and will be a 92Y Unit Supply Specialist in Kentucky. She sends her love to her parents and siblings,...
Congratulations to Airman Oto who graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. Feb 4, 2017.Pictured are his parents, Aoese Oto Sr. (Retired CPO USN) from Utulei Gataivai & Lefaga and Elenise Fotu Levu Oto from Nuu'uli, Uncle Saili Oto (Retired ARMY) and family.  
Pvt. Maa from Mesepa, son of Isaako and Fetalaiga Malama Maa graduated from Basic Combat Training (BCT) — the training course that transforms civilians into Soldiers. Over the course of ten weeks recruits learn basic tactical and survival skills along with how to shoot, rappel, and march. He...
PFC Sean Tumanuvao from Iliili, son of Kolio and Monica Tumanuvao who is deployed in Eastern Europe currently flying a raven/UAV after getting certified. According to wikipedia, the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven is a small hand-launched remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle (or SUAV) developed for...

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