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Soldiers firing weapons in the U.S. Army Reserve's first Modular Small Arms Range in Pago Pago, American Samoa, April 27, 2019.
Pago Page, AMERICAN SAMOA —  American Samoa has a rich history of “Firsts” in a long U.S. Army Reserve lineage, like hosting two companies from the 100th Infantry ‘Go for Broke’ Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 9th Mission Support Command, which is the Army Reserve’s only infantry battalion....
Sualua Tui Masaniai, 1922-2019
Santa Ana, CALIFORNIA — On April 1, 2019 Sualua Tui Masaniai, 1922-2019, peacefully drew his last breath on earth in Santa Ana, CA.  He was welcomed into the loving arms of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ after being blessed with a long life of 97 years.   Sualua was the son of Tui Tuimaleali’...
Staff Sgt. Faiupu Tagaleoo, assigned to Theater Support Group American Samoa Detachment, 9th Mission Support Command (left), representing the oldest unit member, and Pvt. Vend Luafutu, assigned to Charlie Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 9th Mission Support Command (right), along with Lt. Col. Alejandro Buniag, Commander, Theater Support Group American Samoa Detachment
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Soldiers from American Samoa know a thing or two about pride, and on the U.S. Army Reserve’s 111th birthday, that pride was on full display during a cake cutting ceremony at the Pele U.S. Army Reserve Center, American Samoa, April 23, 2019. Soldiers young and old sang...
CW4 Samitioata S. Roberts celebrating Flag Day 2019
CW4 Samitioata S. Roberts, son of Tafa'ifa Sinapao & Vaepa Uiagalelei Roberts (A'asu Fou & Aoloau) celebrates Flag Day in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. No matter where we find ourselves in the world, never forget our Samoan roots. This island where you were born, the village you grew up in, the...
Lance Cpl. Derek S. Pulu
Ginowan City, OKINAWA — Lance Cpl. Derek S. Pulu helps a student clean a window Dec. 14, 2018 at Ginowan City, Okinawa, Japan. Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 4, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, volunteered at the AmerAsian School in Okinawa to help with...
Mrs. Asoiva Togafau (center), with John and Ricky Leulu (far right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last month, a US Navy Commodore (West Region) accompanied by other US Navy officials made it a point to visit the proud mother of two local boys who have ultimately made the decision to be part of the US Navy. The American Samoa Navy Recruiter is NC1 Kaopuiki Ronald. Mrs...
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...

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