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Samoan recruits
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Six young American Samoans are set to commence their journey into basic training with the United States Army. The decision to join the armed forces is not only a personal choice for these recruits but a commitment to securing a better future for themselves and their...
 of Tafuna High School who was awarded a 4-year National Army ROTC Scholarship is the proud son of Juanita Leiato and Loring Faiivae. He is an inspiration to current and future cadets, encouraging them to strive for excellence and pursue their dreams with determination. [courtesy photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — For the second time, a Tafuna High School JROTC student has been awarded a National Army ROTC Scholarship. Cadet CPT Loring Faiivae will use the prestigious four-year scholarship to attend Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). A press release from the THS JROTC stated that...
Cadet Captain Mann Apelu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Tafuna High School JROTC cadet captain’s essay on "Service" has been selected to represent the territory at the brigade level in the prestigious annual JROTC Essay Contest, organized by the US Army Cadet Command.  A press release from the THS JROTC program said, “In an...
USArmy Col. Ulu Elia Porter and others
Le Aiga atoa ua patipatia le fa’aeaga o lo ua fa’aeaina ai le ali’i Fitafi ta o le USArmy Col. Ulu Elia Porter, i le sauniga mamalu sa fa’atautaia i West Point New York, ia Fepuari 01, 2024 ma o le aso soifua lava fo’i lea o le tama o Robert Porter ua fa’atautaia ai lea sauniga ma fa’atasi ai le...
Amata and the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Linda Fagan with women veterans
American Samoa women veterans with Congresswoman Amata and the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Linda Fagan. The Coast Guard Commandant is the first woman in American history to lead a military service. Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata was joined Wednesday by local women Veterans to meet the Commandant and...
JROTC VEX TEAMS
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two robotics teams from Tafuna High School JROTC program, Toa Robotics and Toa Robotics 2.0, demonstrated their engineering skills and strategic thinking at the JROTC Live Remote Skills Event on Feb. 7, 2024. The competitive gathering was designed to foster skills in...
US Navy Command Master Chief Josephine Tauoa with her father and other Senators
US Navy Command Master Chief Josephine Tauoa, the first Samoan to be promoted to that rank and Captain Tommy Edgeworth yesterday visited the American Samoa Senate. They are pictured with Senate President Tuaolo Manaia Fruean and senators. CMDMC Tauoa stands next to her proud father Senator...
Command Master Chief Josephine Tauoa (right) with Captain Tommy Edgeworth  and Navy Recruiter Nofo Alesana
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Josephine Tauoa, who has etched her name in the history books of the United States Navy as the first Samoan to be promoted to the rank of Command Master Chief, is currently on-island as part of the Navy’s Executive Engagement Visit program. The program aims to bring...
 CCCAS-Fayetteville, North Carolina, Youth and Sunday School members
Representing our Toa o Samoa Community, the CCCAS-Fayetteville, North Carolina, Youth and Sunday School members volunteered for the Wreaths Across America 2023 event on December 16, 2023 at Fort Liberty’s Main Post Cemetery — Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery. [courtesy photo]
Pearl Harbor Day graphic
Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is commemorating National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, now 82 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Early on that Sunday morning, imperial Japan made a deadly surprise attack from aircraft carriers against Pearl Harbor and other sites on Oahu,...

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