Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he has accepted an invitation from Brigadier General Steve Jones, Commanding General of the Pacific Regional Medical Command and Tripler Army Medical Center, to attend the Change of Responsibility ceremony for Command Sergeant Major Tuileama Nua on August 21, 2008. CSM Tuileama “Tui” Nua was recently selected by the U.S. Army to take over responsibility as command sergeant major or senior non-commissioned officer for the Pacific Regional Medical Command at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
CSM Tui Nua was most recently Command Sergeant Major for the 44th Medical Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and previously was Command Sergeant Major for the 121st General Hospital at Seoul, South Korea. He also held other positions of great responsibility including Command Sergeant Major for the 52nd Medical Battalion; Senior Enlisted Dental Consultant for Headquarters Company, 18th Medical Command; First Sergeant for USA DENTAC; Chief Dental Noncommissioned Officer for 300th Medical Company, and First Sergeant for 257th Medical Company.
CSM Nua holds an Associate of Arts degree in management from the University of Maryland. He graduated from the Sergeants Major Academy – Class 51. Prior to joining the U.S. Army, CSM Nua graduated from Faga’itua High School in American Samoa and also attended Leulumoega Fou College in Samoa.
Some of CSM Nua’s professional and career developments include the Basic Airborne School, Telecommunication Specialist School, EMT School, Jump Master School, and the Dental Specialist School. Other accomplishments include completion of the Warrior Leaders Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advance Noncommissioned Officer Course, Leadership Facilitator Course, Leader Counseling Course, and Instructor and Master Fitness Course.
CSM Nua is also a recipient of many awards and honors including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, 4th OLC, Army Commendation Medal, 4th OLC, Army Achievement Medal, Silver OLC, Good Conduct Medal, 9th Award, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, EFMB Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Driver’s Badge, and also holds the distinction of being of the Order of Military Medical Merit.
CSM Tui Nua is married to Anita Mendoza of San Francisco, California. They have two sons, Joel and Keanu. Tui’s parents are To’atolu Nua of Ta’u Manua and Sooupu Save Nua of Fitiuta, Manua.
“I am proud of Command Sergeant Major Tui Nua for his many achievements and I am honored to have been invited to attend his change of responsibility ceremony,” Faleomavaega said. “Tui exemplifies the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.”
“Accomplishments bring more and bigger responsibilities and I firmly believe Command Sergeant Major Nua will serve our country well in his new assignment and will continue to make his parents, family and all his fellow Samoans proud. I congratulate Tui on his new assignment and I wish him and his lovely wife Anita all the best,” concluded Faleomavaega.