12 Jun 2007

More American Samoan troops leave for Iraq

9:27 am on 12 June 2007

American Samoa's 400th Combat Support Platoon has departed for duty in Iraq.

The unit left last night, after an emotional farewell with spouses, parents and children at Tafuna Airport.

31 men and women , 8 of whom are returning to Iraq for a second tour, are the fourth group from the American Samoa Army Reserve to leave for the battlefield.

On Saturday, government leaders and military officials joined families of the reservists at a military farewell held at the Army Reserve Centre.

Representing the 9th Regional Readiness Command was Lt. Colonel Linda Aga.

"Thank you for your dedication, your personal sacrifice, leaving yopur loved ones behind to go forth to new terrain. No matter how tough the mission, never forget that you are an American soldier, a warrior, the pride of the Pacific."