|November 30, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|WASHINGTON, D.C.—FALEOMAVAEGA TO ACCOMPANY U.S. MARINES TO THE INDEPENDENT STATE OF SAMOA|
| Congressman Faleomavaega announced
today that he will be accompanying more than 50 U.S. Marines to the Independent
State of Samoa as part of a civic action plan to establish better relations
between the U.S. and Pacific Island Nations.
“This is the first time since WWII that a U.S. Marine contingency of this size has visited Samoa,” Congressman Faleomavaega said. “I am honored to be part of this historic moment and I commend the U.S. Marines for reaffirming their commitment to Pacific Island nations.”
“As the Ranking Member of the House International Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, I believe it is important for the U.S. Armed Forces to take a proactive approach in reestablishing and reaffirming regional ties. I believe it is also important for our military to be actively engaged in community service and civic works,” Congressman Faleomavaega said.
“The fact of the matter is Pacific Island nations have always been a friend to America. Pacific Island nations supported America after the attack on Pearl Harbor and, in the aftermath of the recent attacks on America, Pacific Island nations continue to stand united in supporting the United States,” Congressman Faleomavaega said.
“In turn, it is important for Pacific Island
nations to know that they can depend on the U.S. in times of war and peace.
This is why I am pleased to accompany more than 50 marines from the 1st
Marine Aircraft Wing at Kaneohe Bay Marine base in Hawaii to Samoa for
purposes of strengthening regional ties through civic works” Congressman
Faleomavaega said. “During the course of our mission, we will meet
with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Deputy Prime Minister
Misa Foni. The U.S. Marines
“I want to thank LTC Commander Trevor McIntyre,
LTC Douglas Wadworth, and SGM Ilaoa for their leadership and initiative
in establishing this mission. I also want to thank the United States
Marine Corps and the members of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Aviation Support
Element at Kaneohe Bay for their commitment to the good people of the Pacific.
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, I am pleased
that our military forces are renewing their commitment to Pacific Island
nations. I am also pleased that Prime Minister Malielegaoi is taking
the lead in strengthening U.S.-Pacific Island relations by welcoming this
contingent of U.S. Marines,” Faleomavaega concluded.
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