AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT

NEWS

US Army Pacific Commander General Robert Brown in American Samoa

February 7, 2017

Governor Lolo Moliga and the American Samoa Government welcomed high ranking Army officials who arrived on February 7th . The distinguished group was headed by Four Star General Robert B. Brown, Commanding General for the US Army in the Pacific, Retired Major General Robert Lee, Brigadier General Stephen Curda of the 9th Mission Support Command, Colonel Peter Andrysiak - Commander and Division Engineer for the Pacific Ocean Division - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mr. Kelly - Deputy Chief of Staff for Training and Lieutenant Colonel Kangas, General Brown’s aide.

The group was greeted upon arrival at the Tafuna International Airport by Lieutenant Governor Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga and staff of the Governor's Office, as well as officials from the local Army Reserve.  The US Army leaders were hosted by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga at a dinner and then a breakfast meeting the following morning.  Subjects such as improved collaboration between local Army establishments and the US Army Office in Hawaii were discussed.  General Brown detailed some of the assistance that the US Army plans to provide to American Samoa through engineering capabilities, medical services for current Army soldiers, Army veterans and family members, and other support services.  General Brown expressed sincere appreciation on behalf of the US Army to Governor Lolo Moliga for his support of the local Army

Reserve. General Brown also noted that American Samoa has a greater number of men and women serving in the US Army per capita than any other state or territory. He hoped that Governor Lolo Moliga designates a plot of land in American Samoa for the local US Army Reserve to utilize to conduct training exercises and other crucial needs.  A brief meeting and visit at the US Army Reserve Center in Tafuna was held before the illustrious group departed for Australia.