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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]
Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak and a Coast Guard recruiter give interviews to television reporters in the Port of Pago Pago
Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak and a Coast Guard recruiter give interviews to television reporters in the Port of Pago Pago, American Samoa, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. The crew is conducting community relations and participating in Operation Aiga to conduct fisheries law enforcement...
Airmen 1st Class Jacqueline Ale is pictured with parents- Tifi  Ale and Fuji Nomura Ale, and elder sister Delta Pilot Laura Ale-Englebrecht
Airmen 1st Class Jacqueline Ale is pictured with proud parents- Tifi  Ale and Fuji Nomura Ale, and elder sister Delta Pilot Laura Ale-Englebrecht after graduating from Air Force Basic Training on July 26 at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio Texas.  Airman 1st Class Ale will be training as a...
Peresetene o le VFW i Hawaii ma Amerika Samoa, Igafo Maria Brown Va'a
O se va'aiga i le fonotaga tele a le VFW aoao lea na fa'atasi atu i ai le tama'ita'i Peresetene o le VFW i Hawaii ma Amerika Samoa, Igafo Maria Brown Va'a [tupito tauagavale] ma nisi fo'i o a latou pa'aga . [ata foa’i]
Amata with Captain Linda Galea’i at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.
Washington, D.C.— Congresswoman Aumua Amata released an update to constituents on some of the Veterans’ activity in the House of Representatives this week. VERERANS HEARINGS Amata took part in a hearing focused on examining treatment of whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA),...
Some of American Samoa’s 100th Infantry Battalion 442nd Regiment picking up their luggage at the Hilo airport
Approximately 100 soldiers from American Samoa’s 100th Infantry Battalion 442nd Regiment yesterday morning, July 18, 2019, at about 9 a.m. as they awaited the arrival of their baggage at the Hilo, Hawaii Airport. The soldiers were then seen loading bags and gear into a cargo truck and a bus. When...
Staff Sgt. Sapa Taala on a tank.
Sibiu, Romania — Growing up on Savaii in Western Samoa, Staff Sgt. Sapa Taala, 47, dreamed of joining the U.S. Army. He vividly remembers the moment he knew he wanted to enlist. “Back home in Samoa, I was watching the liberation of Kuwait on a small black and white TV during the first Gulf War. I...
2nd LT Hanyoun Ao Jeong stepping into the cockpit of a jet airplane
Wichita Falls, TEXAS — 2nd LT Hanyoun Ao Jeong earned his pilot wings from the Euro NATO Joint Jet pilot training (Enjjpt) at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB) in Wichita Falls, Texas where he flew the T-6 Texan and T-38 Talon. He will be flying the B-52 bomber out of Barksdale Air Force Base,...

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