Memorandom of Understanding signed by ASG and US Army

Monday, April 29, 2019

A MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed between the American Samoa Government and the US Army Reserve which allows personnel from the Department of Public Safety to use the newly opened Modular Small Arms Range in Tafuna.

Signing the MOU on behalf of ASG were Acting Governor -Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale and the Commissioner of Public Safety HTC Le’i Sonny Thompson and for the US Army was Brigadier General Douglas Anderson, Commanding General of the 9th Mission Support Command.

Charles Djou, Senior Attorney for the 9th MSC was the Master of Ceremony at the MOU and stated

“This Modular Small Arms Range allows the Army Reserve to increase its readiness of its soldiers. it will also present enormous savings to the American taxpayers as we will no longer need to fly soldiers from American Samoa to either Hawaii or the mainland and it represents a tremendous investment by the Army into American Samoa. In addition to these benefits, we are also extremely pleased and excited to partner with the Government of American Samoa. Today, with the signing of this MOU we’ll be allowing the Department of Public Safety and American Samoa Police Department to use the Modular Small Arms Range when the Army is not using it at no cost to the taxpayers of American Samoa.”

The MOU is for five years and according to Mr. Djou, only individuals that have passed certification set by the US Department of Justice can use the new Modular Small Arms Range.