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Colonel Filifaiesea Robert Lee Leiato, with his wife and children
The highest ranking Samoan officer in the United States Army was recently pinned in Italy. Colonel Filifaiesea Robert Lee Leiato is the son of the late Antonio Tupua Leiato and Lorraine Hunkin Taeu Fuimaono-Leiato of Fagaitua. He is pictured with his wife Rima and their children. Congrats Colonel...
[l-r] Sgt Sailelagi Manu of Afonotele; Sgt Shanli Lin of Fagaitua; and Sgt Marcella Malufau of Futiga.
Three daughters of American Samoa recently passed their Advanced Leaders Course (ALC) in the US Army. They express appreciation to their families, friends, and the people of American Samoa for the never ending support and prayers. [l-r] Sgt Sailelagi Manu of Afonotele; Sgt Shanli Lin of Fagaitua;...
Amata with Camp Pendleton Samoan soldiers
Na asia e le Faipule o Amerika Samoa i le Konekeresi, Aumua Amata, le nofoaga a le US Marines Camp Pendleton ma ua feiloa’i ai ma nisi o alo o le atunu’u o loo tautua ai. Ua fa’afiafiaina i latou aua ua va’aia fo’i e i latou se tasi o fai ma sui o latou matua ma aiga, ae maise le tatou Malo i le...
SPC Beverley (pictured, left)
Iron Knight 6 recognized 5 top performers from each company for their commitment to excellence during formation on  Aug. 31, 2019. Congratulations to them all including SPC Charlene Beverley (Hellhound Company). Great work, Knights! Semper In Hostes! SPC Beverley (pictured, left) is the daughter of...
AIC Jared Tuku
Barksdale AFB, LOUISIANA —  Another Toa o Samoa has been rewarded for exemplary service in the United States Air Force. Airman First Class (AIC) Jared Tuku of Fatumafuti was recently named ‘Airman of the Month’ for August 2019. Tuku - son of Palamu Tuku and Caroline Sitala Tagomailelagi Tuku, and...
 PV2 Ulu and SFC Hoddle.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — PV2 Morgan Ulu of Samoana High School has been awarded the 4-year Minuteman Scholarship from the Oregon Army National Guard. She will attend Southern Oregon University (SOU) and participate in ROTC beginning Fall 2019. This is according to SFC Sheri Hoddle, recruiting...
Amata with U.S. Marine Anasitasia Ioane of Aua
Tegucigalpa, HONDURAS — Congresswoman Aumua Amata in Honduras with U.S. Marine Corps Captain Anasitasia Ioane of Aua.  According to Amata, Anasitasia “is doing an amazing job serving our Nation. American Samoa is proud of her.” Anasitasia is the daughter of Antonina and Maselino Ioane, “the famous...
Rear Adm. Louis C. Tripoli after a medical symposium at RIMPAC 2018.
Honolulu, HAWAII — The U.S. military is launching a new effort to support and coordinate health care efforts across Pacific islands, where even on American soil health services and outcomes lag far behind U.S. states. On Tuesday, more than 100 people gathered at the University of Hawaii John A....
Amata with three-time Purple Heart recipient Fanuatanu Mamea
Washington, D.C. — “Every August 7th the nation observes Purple Heart Day – a time to say ‘thank you’ or remember specifically our Veterans and Service Members, past and present, who have earned a Purple Heart Medal. “Today, I had the opportunity to call three-time Purple Heart recipient Fanuatanu...
American Samoa soldiers at Ft. McCoy
Posing with the American Samoa flag are our very own Toa O Samoa, who recently participated in an annual US Army training course at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin. Malo lava to all our Samoan servicemen and women who are serving proudly all over the globe. Thank you for your service. [photo: courtesy]

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