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U.S. MILITARY

Amanave native Ryan Taifane (center) with local US Army recruiters SFC Kenny Tran and 1SGT Josh Polonowski after Taifane was officially sworn in at the Konelio Pele Army Reserve Center earlier this month. Taifane is the first Samoan in five years to be sworn in locally as an officer candidate. [photo: LF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At 27, Ryan Taifane has his life plan laid out. And in less than two months, he will be tackling his first hurdle: boot camp. The future military officer told Samoa News yesterday that his goal is "to go off island and make something of myself - do something that matters...