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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Oregon National Guard is proud to welcome Tauaitala Leasiolagi to the team, and excited to see her future expand at Southern Oregon University. After four years at El Camino High School in Oceanside, CA, Leasiolagi moved to the island where she continued her...
 SFC Samasoni Lele’a with the American Samoa flag
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — SFC Samasoni Lele’a is a native of American Samoa, from the far eastern village of Onenoa. He enlisted in the US Army in August 1988 and went through basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas, graduating as a Man Portable Air...
June Ifopo on graduation day with family
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — If you have ever taken the road near the Veterans Memorial Stadium during early evening hours over the past three years, chances are, you’ve seen La’auli Malotumau Ifopo jogging. La’auli, known to family and friends as “June”, is one of the 17 locals who took the oath of...
7 American Samoa young men and women during the swearing in ceremon
US Navy Capt. Nathan King (left) administered the oath of office for 17 American Samoa young men and women during the swearing in ceremony Thursday afternoon, Feb. 6th at the US Army Reserve Center in Tafuna. Family members and friends were in attendance for the brief ceremony along with US Army...
Loretta V. Washington
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, ARIZONA — Loretta V. Washington has reached the pinnacle of her career as an enlisted member of the United States Air Force. She was recently promoted to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (E-9). Loretta is the daughter of Rev. Matamua Ulufotu Fraser of Salelologa,...
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...

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