Congressman Faleomavaega is proud to announce that Mr. Liuato Tuitele was recently promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five in the U.S. Army.
“It is my understanding that Mr. Liuato Tuitele is the first Samoan ever to achieve the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five,” Faleomavaega said. “This is a distinction of which Samoans are to be very proud, and for that, I congratulate Mr. Tuitele.”
“I am deeply touched by Mr. Tuitele’s commitment to continue to serve in the military especially in light of the actions our country has taken against Afghanistan and elsewhere in response to the cowardly actions that resulted in the tragic events in New York, DC, and in Pennsylvania,” Faleomavaega continued. “Mr. Tuitele’s courage and dedication is a remarkable testament to be admired. He is truly an inspiration to our people, especially to other Samoans in the Armed Services and Samoan youth who may wish to make a career in the military.”
CW5 Tuitele is currently stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he is the Operations Officer or Senior Special Agent for the Hawaii Field Office of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID). He has jurisdiction over all felony criminal investigations in which there is an Army interest in the State of Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshal Islands, and American Samoa. He supervises a staff of 24 agents, 12 interns and Military Police investigators, not including a large number of civilian and military support personnel.
Mr. Tuitele joined the U.S. Army from American Samoa in 1973. Throughout his military career, he has held numerous successive positions requiring major responsibilities. Prior to his current job, he was Operations Officer at the Fort Lewis CID Battalion from 1998 to 2000. He supervised all agents assigned to the Battalion and was responsible for overseeing the conduct of Army investigations in the states of California, Alaska, Nevada, Arizona, Iowa, Oregon and Montana
Between 1996 and1998, CW5 Tuitele was the Field Desk Operations Officer at the 6th Military Police Group (Brigade size) at Fort Lewis, Washington. There, he was responsible for coordinating and directing all Army investigations in all states west of the Mississippi River to include Hawaii and the Pacific Rim which covers Alaska, Japan, Korea and all of southeast Asia.
Prior to joining the military, Mr. Tuitele was a Police Officer in the American Samoa Department of Public Safety. He also worked as a translator for the Office of Samoa Information and KVZK-TV.
Mr. Tuitele is a graduate of Samoana High School where he graduated with honors in 1965. He also graduated from Le’ala Marist Brothers School and attended Midkiff Elementary School in Leone.
CW5 Tuitele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from McKendree University in Illinois, a Bachelor of Science from Chaminade University in Hawaii, and an Associate in Science degree from the University of Hawaii. He is currently working on his Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Mr. Liuato Tuitele was born in Leloaloa and raised in Leone, American Samoa. His father is Save Afa Tuitele of Leone and his mother is Agatele Tigilau Tuitele of Ta'u, Manua. He has five brothers and six sisters who are all living. Mr. Tuitele is married to Sarah M. Haleck, the daughter of Reverend Max Haleck, Jr. and Taulima Lauvao Haleck of Pago Pago. He and his wife have four children and five grandchildren. |