Raelyn Grey adds to the growing list of Samoans serving in the military
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Faga’itua HS Class of 2019 co-salutatorian Raelyn Agnes Mariota Grey recently graduated from Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; and she’s now at Fort Lee, Virginia for Advanced Individual Training (AIT) as an automated logistical specialist (92A).
Upon graduation from boot camp, Raelyn was promoted to the rank of E-3 (Private First Class). Come January 2020, she returns to Southern Oregon University to pursue her college education, under a special military program for those enlisted in the US Army National Guard.
The daughter of Matthew and Brendalyn Mariota-Grey, Raelyn grew up in the Aumi section of Laulii, American Samoa with her siblings Taulauniu, Uelese, Risa, and Joycelene.
Before swearing in to the military, Raelyn was among the recipients - the only one from American Samoa - of the National Pacific Islander Education Network (NPIEN) Christina Diaz Pacific Islander Scholarship.
“We are proud of your accomplishments. To God be the Glory!” wrote Brendalyn in a Facebook post about her soldier’s graduation and promotion.”Faafetai tele lava to our United Pentecostal Church (UPC) for your never ending prayers.”
Malo lava Raelynn! Thank you for your service.