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Washington, D.C.— Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata recognized Purple Heart Day 2020 and honored American Samoa’s Purple Heart Veterans. “Every year, we honor all our Veterans on Veterans Day, and all those who sacrificed life itself on Memorial Day, but August 7th is specially designated as Purple...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Faleomavaega Nick and Mona King of Poloa Village are the parents of Warren Christopher Lafoa'i King, Jocelyn Moana King and Whitney Alofa Hasan, all three siblings are serving the country in the USCG, as is a first cousin, Bernard Micah Williams (the individual picture)....
Evan Tu’ua from Maleimi, AS (right), Ryan Ward, center, and Mason Cleveland
Misawa, JAPAN — Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Evan Tu’ua from Maleimi, AS (right), Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Ryan Ward, center, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Mason Cleveland, assigned to the “Screaming Eagles” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, load a Mark 54 torpedo onto a P-8A Poseidon aircraft...
Col. Kenneth Tafao Jr
Ft. Shafter, HAWAII  — Col. Kenneth Tafao Jr., U.S. Army, graduated from the United States Army War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a master's degree in Strategic Studies on July 24, 2020. The graduation ceremony guest speaker was Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the U.S. Army G 3/5/7. A native of...
Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarona Toalepai —
BEAUFORT, S.C. — Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarona Toalepai, a native of Aunu'u, American Samoa, is playing a critical role in the U.S. Navy’s efforts to maintain a healthy and ready fighting force in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. As a hospital corpsman working at the Naval Hospital in...
Staff Sgt. Fautua Thompson
Darwin, AUSTRALIA — U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Fautua Thompson, intermediate supply activity chief, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, is participating in the planning and execution of MRF-D 20.2 on Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, in Darwin, NT, Australia, June 10, 2020. An Aunu’u,...
The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy virtual graduation held on Friday, June 19, 2020. Pictured here are USASMA Class 70 graduates. L-R, SGM Petero Valai, SGM Afa Taupo, WO1 Sione Mohi Uata (His Majesty's Armed Forces Kingdom of Tonga), SGM Holi Holi & SGM Michael Moana. [courtesy...
Sgt. 1st Class Gilberto Rivera and Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Hannah
Honolulu, HAWAII — The 9th Mission Support Command, headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, has mobilized close to 400 personnel since March, throughout the Pacific, to provide assistance to Defense Support to Civil Authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 9th MSC is the most geographically...
The 3rd Infantry Division island dancers
Fort Stewart, GEORGIA — Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, hosted the 2020 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Observance at Woodruff Theater May 20 on Fort Stewart. The key note speaker of the event was Lt. Col Samuel Kim, the 3rd ID chaplain, and the...
Headstone of Navy Seaman Tafaega of Olosega, Mau'a
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following message for this Memorial Day:  “Memorial Day is one of our country’s most important holidays. Our freedom has always depended on generations of military heroes willing to serve and sacrifice. Memorial Day is the one day we focus...

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