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We solute our Samoa Sons and Daughters, who, together with other brave Americans, are Fighting Against Terrorists and Tyrants!

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Final Roll Call
A Special Solute To Our Fallen Soldiers

Army Specialist Farao Kevin Letufuga
Army Private Jonathan I. Falaniko
Army Staff Sergeant Salamo J. Tuialu'ulu'u
Army Sergeant Tina Safaira Time
Army Staff Sergeant Ioasa F. Tavae
Army Staff Sergeant Frank Tia'i
Army Master Sergeant Tulsa Tulaga Tuliau
Army Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Sifoa Loa
Army Staff Sergeant Michael Fuga
Army PFC David Tipo Toomalatai
Marine Sergeant Faoa "AP" Apineru
Army Sergeant Nimo Westhill Masaniai Tauala
Army Sergeant Raymond Sasa Sevaaetasi
Army PFC Timothy Ray Vimoto
Army Specialist Avealalo Milo
Army Sergeant Lui Tumanuvao
Marine Lt. Col. Max A. Galea'i
Army Staff Sergeant Loleni W. Gandy
Army Specialist Tofiga J. Tautolo
Army 1st Lt. Jason Togi

"They gave their lives so that we, and others, shall be free."

Defend America

"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


Command Sergeant Major Iuniasolua T. Savusa, USA
Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Pacific Command

Command Sergeant Major Iuniasolua T. Savusa serves as the Senior Enlisted Leader and advisor to the United States Pacific Command Combatant Commander and staff. He provides an enlisted perspective on AOR strategic vision, theater security cooperation, including partner nations enlisted leadership development, and the operational readiness of 430,000 United States military personnel. CSM Savusa creates awareness and provides guidance on the commander's theater strategic objectives to all United States enlisted personnel. He serves as the senior mentor for all command senior enlisted personnel assigned to service component Headquarters and Sub-Unified Commands, as well as Joint Task Force command senior enlisted leaders. As a command representative, he presents an enlisted perspective to countries requesting assistance in developing and maintaining a corps of professionally committed technically and tactically competent enlisted leaders.

CSM Iuniasolua T. Savusa is a native of American Samoa. He assumed duties as Command Sergeant Major, International Security Assistance Force/North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Afghanistan on 11 July 2008 and later as Command Sergeant Major, United States Forces, Afghanistan on 3 October 2008 (a dual-hatted command). CSM Savusa began his military career over 30 years ago on 17 June 1975. As an Infantryman, he spent the majority of his career in infantry, ranger, air assault, and airborne assignments. CSM Savusa has continually served in leadership positions, such as team leader, squad leader, platoon sergeant, scout platoon sergeant, drill sergeant, senior air assault instructor, chief instructor light fighters infantry course, Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor, first sergeant, and operations sergeant major.

CSM Savusa has also served as battalion CSM of 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky., brigade CSM of 3d Brigade, 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky., CSM, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, La., CSM for Southern European Task Force (Airborne), Vicenza, Italy, and as the CSM United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Heidelberg, Germany.

In support of the Global War on Terrorism, in 2002 he deployed to Afghanistan and served as the CSM, Task Force Rakkasan, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Operation Enduring Freedom I. In 2003, he deployed as the CSM, 3d Brigade, 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasan), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I. In 2005, he again deployed with Southern European Task Force (Airborne) as the CSM, Combined Joint Task Force - 76, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM VI.

CSM Savusa is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 46 and has completed all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, to include the First Sergeant Course. He has also completed the Ranger Course, Airborne School, Jump Master School, Drill Sergeant School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder Course, Battle Staff Course, and the (Keystone) Command Senior Enlisted Course.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal with "V" (2nd oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (7th Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Ribbon (Bronze Service Star), GWOT Expeditionary Medal (with Arrow Head Device), GWOT Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4), Army Service Ribbon, Multinational Force & Observer Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Italian Army Parachutist Badge.

Source: U.S. Pacific Command

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President Barack Obama meets with his national security team for his regular monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Situation Room of the White House, Oct. 20, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Source:ABC, Channel-11 (WTVD), Eyewitness News, Raleigh-Durham



Fort Bragg's top NCO retires
Command Sergeant Major Isaia T. Vimoto

WTVD By Nicole Carr

Friday, December 11, 2015

FORT BRAGG (WTVD) -- Born to be a NCO. That's how everyone who's had a chance to talk about Command Sergeant Major Isaia T. Vimoto describes his storied career.

From humble beginnings and climbing the Army ladder through hard work and perseverance, through triumph and tragedy, they say he's embodied the song played for him on Fort Bragg Friday morning.

"American Soldier."

Vimoto, the former XVIII Airborne Corps Command Sergeant Major, was celebrated in a retirement ceremony held in the Noncommissioned Officers Academy auditorium. Flanked by family and friends, Vimoto spoke of his dreams to become a soldier as a young boy growing up in the American Somoa. All he wanted to do was fight like the warriors he watched on television.

"Well I'll tell you as an island boy, I never though in my wildest dreams I'd make it this far in the Army," Vimoto told the audience.

What began as a plan to serve a few years, and then a few more, turned into a 34 year career for Vimoto, who became a part of military history for his roles in combat and a part of headlines for the son his family lost in battle in 2007.

It was then that Private First Class Timothy Vimoto, following in his father's footsteps, deployed alongside him in Afghanistan. The younger Vimoto would die in a small-arms fire on June 5th.

Three years later, his father would return to the same battlefields, serving this time as General Daniel B. Allyn's right hand man, leading troops along the frontlines through the Regional Command East.

Allyn, the Army's current Vice Chief of Chief and former Corps commander, returned to Fort Bragg from the Pentagon to honor Vimoto.

He affectionately called his battle buddy Ace, describing their quick meeting before heading off to Afghanistan. Vimoto, Allyn said, would be the best NCO he could have by his side, although he'd only see him on weekends because Vimoto insisted on leaving headquarters to stay by his soldiers' sides during the week.

"During the long and challenging days in Afghanistan, I always looked forward to Saturday and Sunday because they were the two days I got to look my Battle Buddy in the eye," Allyn said.

"The next morning, SGM. Vimoto would be out again, caring for soldiers, solving problems for commanders and leading from the front," said Allyn. "This is the enduring image I carry with me of Ace. Running back out to the soldiers in the field. The consummate professional committed to a lifetime of service to others."

Vimoto credited his mother, former platoon sergeant and his wife, Misimua, with encouraging him to stick with the Army.

The husband and father of five, including two soldier daughters, says the family will retire in Washington State.

"Look us up if you're in the area. We'll be the only Vimotos out there," he laughed.

Vimoto's Top 5

Vimoto ended his retirement ceremony with a helpful Vimoto Top 5 list for leadership and success.

  1. "We not I."

    While winning includes an 'I," Team does not, Vimoto reminds the audience. When you take care of people, they will help you become successful, he said.

  2. "Destination Disease"

    "Don't get comfortable," Vimoto warns. That's when your career becomes stagnate. Vimoto say s you've "gotta continue to improve."

  3. "Standards"

    Vimoto encouraged the audience to carry them wherever they go, and apply them to whatever situation they may face.

  4. "Attitude is everything"

    The saying speaks for itself.

  5. "Inspire or Retire"

    If you've lost your passion for the Army or whatever you do, it's time to give it up, Vimoto said. "You'll know when your time is," he told the audience. "The Army shouldn't have to usher you out. We control our destiny."


Warriors Born: American Samoans in the U.S. Military from Rachel Kahn Taylor on Vimeo.

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US Military Career

Air Force
TSgt Jimmy Vasil
Tradewinds Hotel, Rm. 207
Pago Pago, American Samoa
252-2707 or 699-1000.

Army Recruiting Station
SFC Kalepo Vaitautolu
Third floor, Executive Office Building (EOB)
Utulei, American Samoa
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U.S. Marine Recruiters
US MARINE CORPS recruiter is now on island full time.
Call Staff Sgt Andrew J. Antenotcruz, 252-9550.
The Few, the Proud, the Marines

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Archived Military Stories

Republic of Korea Samoa Association

Assignments and Promotions

  • Second Lieutenant Gibson Sale, Jr. graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, 22 May 2010

  • Two sons of Samoa selected for promotion to Colonel in U.S. Air Force - Stephen L. Su'a-Filo and Stanley Ulualofaiga Snow, Jr.

  • LTC Leafaina Tavai-Yahn makes promotion list for Colonel
  • CSM Foua Uini appointed Command Sergeant Major of 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery

    Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie Nelson, left, the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade command sergeant major, gives newly appointed 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Command Sergeant Major Foua Uini, the command sergeant major appointment oath Jan. 6 at Tobin Wells.

  • PFC Daniel Maga Graduates Basic Training, Ft Jackson, SC

    Private Fist Class (PFC), Daniel Maga, Finance Specialist (44C), graduated from Basic Training at the US Army Basic Combat Training Center of Excellence, Ft Jackson, South Carolina, Friday, 27 March 2009. PFC Maga completed the first 9 weeks of Basic Training, where he was taught soldiering skills, and will continue for the next seven weeks of Advanced Individual training with classroom instruction in accounting techniques that dealt with accounting principles and procedures, preparation and maintenance of financial reports and budgets, statistical analyses in order to help interpret financial data, computation of pay and deductions.

  • SSG Taumua Graduates Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course

    Staff Sergeant (SSG-E-6) Faasi'usiuga Taumua of Fagalii/Poloa, AS has graduated Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (BNCOC) class 92A 09-025, from the United States Army Quartermaster Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Ft Lee, Virginia, Friday, 20 MAR 2009. SSG Taumua graduated with honors and was listed amongst the top six soldiers who made the commandants list.

  • Antoinette Ponafala promoted to Sergeant, E-5

    Antoinette Ponafala was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, E-5, on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 in front of her unit, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion at Ft Bragg, NC. Antoinette Ponafala?s mother, Anna Suani Ponafala Fuimaono was given the honor to promote her daughter. Chief Warrant Officer 1, Tauosose Tupua of Vailoatai and Sergeant Major John Letuli of Iliili accompanied Mrs Fuimaono in front of the formation before the promotion ceremony.

  • CSM Charles M. Tobin Selected as the CSM for the Sustainment Brigade Special Operations (Airborne), Ft Bragg, NC

    Toa o le Vateatea Samoa Association (TVSA) Ft Bragg, NC, welcomes Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Tobin, a native of Lotopa, Samoa to his new post as the CSM for the Sustainment Brigade Special Operations (Airborne), Ft Bragg, North Carolina. CSM Tobin is the son of the late Michael and Barbara Tobin of Lotopa, Samoa. CSM Tobin came to Ft Bragg from the 377th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • CSM Iuniasolua Savusa selected as the new Command Sergeant Major of NATO's International Security Assistance Force

    CSM Savusa will be leaving USAREUR and Seventh Army where he has been command sergeant major since May, 2006 to become the new command sergeant major for NATO?s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. With his new assignment, Savusa will take over as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) of NATO forces in Afghanistan. There, he will rejoin his former boss, General David D. McKiernan who recently took over as commander of NATO's ISAF in Afghanistan.

  • Its official now, CSM Tuileama Nua 44th MEDCOM CSM has been selected for the CSM of the Pacific regional Medical Command. He will be heading to Tripler, Hawaii this summer.


    Command Sergeant Major Tuileama T. Nua
    44th Medical Command, Fort Bragg
    has been selected as
    Command Sergeant Major
    United States Army Pacific Regional Medical Command

    Please pass on your congratulations
    to CSM Nua and his wife Anita
    CSM Nua's email address is: