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Medal of Honor recipients await the start of a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2019.
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata commemorated National Medal of Honor Day yesterday and released the following statement: "On March 25, 1963, the nation's first Medals of Honor were presented, recognizing heroic service to the country. “In 1991, President George H. W. Bush commemorated...
“Talofa! We all so appreciate each of our own serving our country! Today, (center) SPC Arrianna Princess Auva'a and SSG Bingham M. Leiataua, both serving in the Army, were here to tour the beautiful U.S. Capitol and met some of the staff in American Samoa's Congressional office...Thanks for...
Tira Faiivae receiving her award from Maj. Gen. Steven A. Shapiro
Kaiserslautern, GERMANY — Tira Faiivae, a budget analyst with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, was presented the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service from Maj. Gen. Steven A. Shapiro, 21st TSC commanding general on Jan. 17, 2019 at Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany, for saving a...
Infantry Drill Sergeant Mumaina Lagai with his wife and children
Fort Benning, GEORGIA — Mumaina Lagai who was born and raised in Vailoa, American Samoa was recently promoted to Sergeant First Class/E7. A 2007  Leone High School graduate, he is the son of Pa’uulu Lagai Jr (Lauli’i) and Leatalua Toilolo Lagai (Taputimu). Mumaina told Samoa News he has been on 3...
(l-r) ET1 (SW) Electronics Technician First Class Fiafia D. Sunia, SSgt Argiroudis Aristides, and MM3 (Machinists Mate Third Class) James Amuimuia
USS FORT McHENRY — Toa O Samoa (amphibious assault type) currently deployed to 5th and 6th Fleet area of operations on board the USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) in support of US national security interests in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, conducting missions, including maritime security operations...
(l-r) Second Lt. Salvation Lee of Aua, First Lt. Fred Meaole of Amanave, Second Lt. Jesse Scanlan of Malaeimi
Three sons of American Samoa following the US Army’s Field Artillery Officer’s graduation ceremony on Jan. 23, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. [l-r] Second Lt. Salvation Lee of Aua, a 2014 graduate of Samoana High School; First Lt. Fred Meaole of Amanave, a 2013 graduate of Leone High School; and Second Lt...
Army Reserve Spec. Robertson Ili at Fatuoaiga Montessori School
Army Reserve Spec. Robertson Ili i se fa’ata’ita’iga o le faia o fa’amalosi tino i le militeri ‘ao maimoa fanau aoga a Fatuoaiga Montessori School i le amata o le vaiaso lenei. O lea polokalama a le aoga, mo le vaiaso lenei mo aoga Katoliko. O le susuga ia Ili o se faiaoga i le Aoga Tulaga Muamua a...
US Army Specialist Jayne Tuvale of Laulii and Aoloau
US Army Specialist Jayne Tuvale of Laulii and Aoloau — one of American Samoa's very own, serving in the United States military. Tuvale, the daughter of Patrick and Lole Tuvale, is part of the 411th FSC EN BN out of American Samoa, but attached to the 411th HHC EN BN in Hawaii.  [photo: courtesy]
US Army Sgt. Fa’aati Lehualani Uluenga-Gillis with her family
US Army Sgt. Fa’aati Lehualani Uluenga-Gillis (left) of American Samoa was sworn-in Friday, Jan. 11th at Fort Rucker, Alabama to three more years of active duty service. She will be transferring to her new duty station in South Korea later this year in May. Uluenga-Gillis is the daughter of the...
Tua Felea'i Lavata'i  and family
O se va'aiga i le tama'ita'i ua mautu fo'i ona faapine lona tofiga "Airman a le Air Force" Tua Felea'i Lavata'i ma nisi o lona aiga ua latou fiafia fa'atasi mai Nuuuli. Fa'amalo le tauata'i. [ata: foa'i]

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