Amata Congratulates Son of American Samoa on Promotion to Command Sergeant Major

March 20, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata extended her sincere congratulations to Son of American Samoa, Panapa R. Willis, Command Sergeant Major, US Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, VA. on his selection as the Sergeant Major, HQ Department of the Army - G2, Pentagon.

Command Sergeant Major Panapa Willis
Command Sergeant Major Panapa Willis

CSM Willis (Pago Pago) first joined the U.S. Army in 1985, attending Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MS. and AIT at Ft. Huachuca, AZ where he graduated as a 35F-Intelligence Analyst in 1986.  During his service, CSM Willis has served at multiple duty stations around the globe, including stints in Germany, the United Kingdom and North Carolina.

The list of awards and decorations that CSM Willis has received during his long and illustrious career is long and distinguished and includes; the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (3rd OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (11th OLC), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2nd OLC), Humanitarian Service Medal (3rd OLC), Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Saudi/Kuwait Liberation Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the Korean Defense Service Medal. He is a Master Parachutist and a recipient of the Military Intelligence Corps Association Knowlton Award.

CSM Willis has also distinguished himself with a vast military education and has attended all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System.  CSM Willis also holds several degrees, including an Associate of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland.

“I want to congratulate CSM Willis, his wife Tonya and their three children on his recent selection as the Sergeant Major, HQ Department of the Army - G2, Pentagon,” said Amata.  “I am always excited whenever one of our own achieves such success and I could not be more proud that one of our Sons of American Samoa has reached the pinnacle of achievement in his career in service to our nation,” concluded Amata.

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