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Spc. Miguel A. Martinez, Pvt. 1st Class Janice M. Salazar, and Spc. Onosai Misionare
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — When Spc. Miguel A. Martinez thinks back to when he first learned about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 attacks, he remembers feeling angry. The 20-year-old paralegal specialist, assigned to 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command—the Fort Bragg, North Carolina, based unit...
Deon Lesatele Alaimaleata and others being sworn in as Airforce ROTC officers
Honolulu, HAWAII — Deon Lesatele Alaimaleata was sworn in as an officer of the Air Force ROTC at the University of Hawaii- Manoa, this week. He is studying Civil Engineering. His mother, Elisapeta T. Lesatele Alaimaleata said in her Facebook post that the family was not able to attend due to COVID-...
future Airman [Kalepo] Hemingway AND future Airman [Esther] Taufa’asau
Honolulu, HAWAII — US Air Force Pacific Operations Recruiter, TSgt. Mario Soriano Jr., posted on his Facebook page, a message to “welcome and congratulate my first two recruits from American Samoa, future Airman [Kalepo] Hemingway (right) and future Airman [Esther] Taufa’asau for successfully...
Toa o Samoa with Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata
Toa o Samoa with Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata during a CODEL to the Middle East over the holidays. The Congresswoman says the report of a ‘captured’ Toa O Samoa “seems to be a misunderstanding.” Read reports of her official briefings in Monday’s edition where members of Congress questioned...
2019 Church Service honoring Toa o Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The most recent developments in the Afghan Region have led to a heightened sense of readiness throughout the United States Department of Defense and American Samoa’s local U.S. Army Reserve Unit.  Currently, there are over 200 Soldiers at the Pele U.S. Army Reserve...
[l-r] Victor Chen, Dorvida Fonoifafo G. Fuiava and Serena Iona
This photo shared with Samoa News shows American Samoans [l-r] Victor Chen, Dorvida Fonoifafo G. Fuiava and Serena Iona who are attending the U.S Air Force Academy. The three are set to graduate in 2025. [courtesy photo]
Leonrhee K. Alaimaleata carrying USCG flag in formation
Sitka, ALASKA — US Coast Guardsman Leonrhee K. Alaimaleata from the village of Alofau carrying the Coast Guard flag during the 4th of July parade in Sitka, Alaska, where he is now stationed. Previously Leon served in the Presidential Honor Guard in Washington D.C. for three years and during that...
Command Master Chief Josephine Tauoa,
Washington, D.C. — American Samoa’s Josephine Tauoa has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Delbert D. Black Leadership Award, July 6. She is the Command Master Chief of USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93), a guided-missile destroyer. Tauoa was selected from a...
Serena Iona
Le tamaitai o Serena Iona, fa’auu mai ma le togisilia o le vasega fa’aiuaso 2020 mai Leone High, lea ua faatasi atu i Colorado Springs i le Airforce Academy ma o le lu’iga lea ua ia te ia I lenei taumafanafana, o le moe i le vao ma o le a fa’aaogaina e i latou uma o le vasega I lea academy mea uma...
Veterans wave on 4th of July
RAIN DOES NOT STOP LOCAL VETERANS CELEBRATING JULY 4TH — Local veterans and others participated in a wave in front of McDonald’s in Tafuna, marking the Fourth of July holiday, observed on Monday.  [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]

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