15 Jul 2010

US army medical and legal team arrive in American Samoa

11:19 am on 15 July 2010

A United States army medical and legal team arrived in American Samoa last night to carry out medical checks on all 300 members of the local Army Reserve.

Installation commander, Major John Adams, says the medical checks don't mean that the local soldiers will face another deployment to the war zone.

The medical checks, known as the soldier Readiness Programme are usually done in Hawaii but will be done in the territory for the first time.

The team includes optometrists, dentists, ear specialists and general practitioners.

The checks will be conducted over the next four days.