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CDR David M. Zielinski, (USS FORT MCHENRY) presents the letter of appointment to ET1(SW) Fiafia Dwayne Sunia, USN, to the rank of E-6, First Class Petty Officer, on 10AUG18. "Making E-6 in 5 years is an outstanding accomplishment, and it proves that hard work and dedication are two major factors to...
Esther Posala and Alexandria Tuiasosopo
Congratulations to Samoa News Graphic/ Layout Artist Esther Posala and Miss Alexandria Tuiasosopo for graduating from their Advanced Individual Training as Military Occupational Specialists (MOS) 92M Mortuary Affairs Specialist at Fort Lee, Virginia. PVT Posala is the daughter of Rosalia and Iava...
Honor Carry Ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata attended the moving Honor Carry Ceremony on Wednesday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawai’i receiving back the remains of Korean War fallen American soldiers repatriated from North Korea. Vice President Pence and Indo-Pacific Command (PACOM)...
U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Ulu Elia Porter
Fort Irwin,, CA — American Samoa native and graduate of Samoana High School, U.S. Army Maj. Ulu Elia Porter was recently selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. He’s currently Chief of the Department of Behavioral Health at Weed Army Community Health Hospital at Fort Irwin, California. The 16...
Soldiers in Hilo at deployment ceremony Friday
HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii Army National Guard unit with soldiers based on the Big Island and Kauai will be deployed for a year to support a multinational group in Egypt. A total of 110 soldiers from Charlie Troop in Kauai, and Headquarters and Headquarters Troop from Hilo will be...
Fort Hood, TEXAS — Congresswoman Aumua Amata recently visited and shared a meal at Fort Hood with American Samoa's military active duty and retirees including Ed and Sina Hernandez; Rosita Luapene of Tafuna; Faga Pa'au of Fitiuta Manu'a; Pauulu Lelauti; Agaiotupu Tuiolemotu; Iosefatu Taua'a; Tualua...
Marine Scout Sniper Fofo Tuitele in 1975
Koh Tang Island, CAMBODIA — Forty-three years after the last official battle of the Vietnam War there is a renewed effort to get long overdue recognition for the veterans of the Mayaguez Incident. While the Marine, Air Force, and Navy officers were heavily decorated for the disastrous rescue...
Amata with troops at airport
O le toe taimi ma fanau uma ua tula'i e tali le vala'au ina ia tapenapena i tomai fa'apitoa fa'afitafita a le Malo Tele, na tu'ua fa'atasi e latou le atunu'u i le va'alele o le aso Lua na te'a nei. Ia manuia o outou faiva, ma ia fa'atasi fo'i le Atua i tiute uma. Na malaga fa'atasi fo'i i latou ma...
Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
Fort Drum, NEW YORK — “It was a really, really hot night. We had a full moon, and our platoon was moving through Afghan farmlands,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin F. Aetonu, a squad leader for 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. “We were doing some clearance operations through...
SGM Salele'a Tuiolemotu with family after his pinning ceremony
Fort Bliss, TEXAS — The Sergeants Major Academy Frocking Ceremony was held on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, Fort Bliss, TX.  MSG Salele'a Tuiolemotu (Taʻitaʻi Fono/ Chairman EFKAS, Toa O Samoa El Paso, TX) was pinned to the US Army Sergeant Major (SGM) rank in...

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