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Fort Sam Houston, TEXAS — Gwendolyn Emmsley Peko was recently promoted to First Lieutenant (1LT) and has just received her Masters in in Social Work. 1LT Emmsley-Peko is a Licensed Social Worker and will earn the title Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) upon completion of a 2 year internship at...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Lumana’i o Samoa Club taupou Nerisa Taua from Fitiuta, Manu’a, and Leon Tuupo Alaimaleata of Alofau, who will be entering basic training for the U.S. Coast Guard in New Jersey this month. The two are pictured at a Lumana’i event Friday, April 6, 2018 at Chaminade University,...
SPC Naomi Sautia-Pomele, of the 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, was recognized at a Fort Drum town hall meeting with Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper during his visit on March 29, 2018.  Sautia-Pomele was one of five female soldiers to be nationally recognized during Women's History Month for exceptional service to the US Army.  [photo credit: SGT Liane Hatch]
Fort Drum, NEW YORK— In honor of Women's History Month last month, the US Army recognized SPC Naomi Sautia-Pomele, a Petroleum Supply Specialist with the 10th Mountain Division (LI) Sustainment Brigade, as a woman of exceptional and outstanding service. In fact, Sautia-Pomele, originally from...
SGT Latoya N. Marshall, better known by her peers, friends, and family as Salaia Salava'a, who is an Army recruiter with Wilmington Recruiting Company in Raleigh, NC, was named the Female Athlete of the Year 2017.  SGT Marshall is not only the first Samoan female athlete to receive such an award, she is the first Samoan to be nominated and selected for such a prestigious honor and recognition. She is a graduate of Leone High School, home of the Lions. [Courtesy FB photo]
Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA — The All-Army Sports Office received numerous nominations for the 2017 Army Male and Female Soldier-Athlete and Coach of the Year contest. After a vigorous selection process, SGT Latoya N. Marshall better known by her peers, friends, and family as Salaia Salava'a, of the...
The leadership and command team of the Headquarters Company (HHC) of the 87th CSSB, of the 3rd Sustainment Brigade, Fort Stewart, Georgia (L-R): SSG POSER, J. SFC SORIANO, M. CPT NORTHRUP, R (Company Commander) SPC AUVA'A, A, SSG BAILEY J, SGT JONES M. SFC SOUTHWORTH T 1LT LOVINGGOOD J. 1LT PASCETTA N (COMPANY EXECUTIVE OFFICER) SPC MCGRAW B.  SPC MENDIOLA G. AND 1SG SMITH, as they congratulate SPC Auva'a on achieving her “gender marker” change.  SPC Auva'a is the First Samoan Transgender to serve openly as
Since the day I swore into the Army, there was only one thing that had ever crossed my mind, there was only one goal, and there was only one determination, there be a change, and to make a difference. The sacrifice for me was torture. I lived over 10 years of my life as a Transwoman, and then the...
Ryan Taifane (center) made history earlier this month when he became the first Samoan — in five years — to be sworn in, locally, as an officer candidate. The ceremony took place at the Konelio Pele Army Reserve Center with Taifane being surrounded by family members and friends, including his wife...
O le taimi ua toe sainia ai le isi 4 tausaga e tautua ai le tama'ita'i fitafita mai Futiga ma Aua, Tausalamasinaamalietoa Kimberly Morris ma ua i ai fa'atasi o ia ma lona nephew e fa'atauto o ia i lea sauniga mamalu. O ia o se alo e fa'asino ia Auimatagi Salamasina Dorothy ma le ali'i Malu o le...
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Washington, D.C. — Last Saturday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to give remarks at the Change of Command Ceremony transferring command of the “Hitmen” Company of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, to Captain Afu Lefaoseu III. He is from Pago Pago, and is another of our own making...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program will be considering applications from a wounded warrior or medically retired veteran for a position at her American Samoa office in Pago Pago. To be considered, all applications must be directed to the...
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Many Samoans, to some degree, have reluctantly chosen to leave our homeland of American Samoa to seek a better future abroad. But no matter where we go, we always seem to find solace being in the presence of our own people. Such was the sense and the atmosphere at the Samoan Protestant Church on...

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