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Alexander Francis Atuatasi (center)
Alexander Francis Atuatasi (center) was promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army last month. He is from Petesa-Uta and is the son of Albert and the late Elsie Meredith Atuatasi. This Toa o Samoa is stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. He is married to Casuallen and they have a son,...
(l-r) SFC Steve Mann, Fotuatua Afioae, Tauaitala Leasiolagi, and MSG Sheri Hoddle.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — And they’re here…..The Oregon Army National Guard is back on island, proudly helping American Samoans find avenues to a brighter future—specifically furthering their education at Southern Oregon University. MSG Sheri Hoddle told Samoa News over the weekend that a team of...
O se va’aiga i le tamaita’i fitafita ua pasia nei le BCT mai Fort Jackson i le aso 16 Ianuari 2020, PV2 Malaetele Ilaoa ma nisi o lona aiga sa fa’atasi atu mo lona fa’au’uga. Ua tofia nei o ia e tiute i Killeen Texas. [ata foa’i]
John Leulu with his parents and siblings
John Leulu (center) is an active duty member of the United States Navy who recently deployed after visiting his family in Nuuuli, American Samoa for the holidays. He is pictured with his parents and siblings prior to his departure earlier this month. John’s little brother Ricky Tooala is also an...
SFC/E7 Christopher Fielding with family
SFC/E7 Christopher Fielding o Amerika Samoa lea ua tatala lava le tausaga fou i lona si’itaga o tofiga e galue ai i le USArmy. O ia o se ao e fa’asino ia Mr & Mrs Tasi Fielding o Tafuna. Ua fa’ailoa fo’i lona fiafia tele, ona ua fa’ate’ia o ia i lenei fa’aeaga i le amataga o le 2020. O Chris ma...
Ameto Sanele Lemana
Faasao Marist Class of 2012 Ameto Sanele Lemana departed the territory for Ft. Leonard Wood for basic combat training in 2015. HIs first duty station was Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He went on to Airborne school and earned his wings before he received orders to relocate to Alaska in...
Amata with two American Samoa soldiers in the Middle East
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata was humbled and blessed to spend several days over the holidays, including Christmas Day, with U.S. troops in the Middle East. A group of eight Members of Congress welcomed the opportunity to help serve a Christmas meal to hundreds of U.S. service men...
Senior Airman Oto with Santa and his elves
Happy Holidays American Samoa, from Senior Airman Oto deployed to Kuwait since July. Oto is the son of Ret. Chief Oto from Gataivai, Gagaifo, Lefaga; and Elenise Oto of Nuu'uli. His grandparents are Pastor and Mrs. Felolini Tau, of the Temple of Love, Las Vegas, Nevada. Samoa News is grateful for...
rig. Gen. Timothy Connelly and Command Sgt. Maj. Jessie Baird with Timothy Faumuina
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — When Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated American Samoa in February 2018, U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers, residing in American Samoa, took immediate action to aid in the recovery efforts. Under the direction of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Soldiers assisted in...
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers under the 9th Mission Support Command waiting for physicals
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA – Tutuila, the largest and the main island of American Samoa, measures only about 21 miles across and about three miles from north to south. Yet this island is home to over 200 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the 9th Mission Support Command, headquartered in...

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