18 from 962nd Quartermaster Company ready to deploy

American Samoa army reservists performing mortuary functions are deploying this week to the Middle East.

They are from the 962nd Quartermaster Company. Most  of the 18 member contingent are women

They were farewelled at a church service yesterday at the Nu’uuli Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa which was packed by parents, spouses and children.

Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga told the group that they perform a very important service, making sure that the remains of soldiers who die on the battlefield are handled in a dignified manner for their families waiting for their return home.

He advised the soldiers to have faith in God and be assured of the prayers of not only their families but the whole territory.

The soldiers also received spiritual counsel and well wishes from Rev. Malieituluia Leitualasa who led the service and High Chief Soliai Tuipine on behalf of the village.

Staff Sgt. Seko, the section Chief for the 962nd Quatermaster Company said the soldiers being deployed are the best at what they do.

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One of the soldiers in the group is George Ioasa.

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The soldiers leaving Wednesday for up to 8 months are:

  • Captain Ruth Faatiga
  • Staff Sgt Amy Seko
  • Sgt Doris Pulu
  • Spc Leonetta Samuelu Solaita
  • Spc Daniel Saufoi
  • Spc Josephine Salipopo
  • Spc Sigago Samiu
  • Spc Nainiu Aliitaeao
  • Spc George Ioasa
  • Spc Betty Wells
  • Spc Mehittabell Aiono
  • Spc Mariah Leaumoana
  • Spc Daryleen Moi
  • Spc Sinaaletoaga Mauga
  • Spc Frank Mauigoa
  • Spc Jasmine Suakalio
  • PFC Roberta Puni
  • PV2 Salamasina Letuli.

We wish them God speed.