Aumua Amata Visited U.S. Troops in Middle East on Christmas Day

December 26, 2018
Press Release

Middle East—Congresswoman Aumua Amata was humbled and delighted to spend Christmas Day with U.S. troops in the Middle East. She was thrilled to greet a large number of troops from American Samoa, sing Lota Nuu together, and then the Members of Congress had the opportunity to help serve a Christmas meal to hundreds of U.S. service men and women.

“What an honor to see our troops on Christmas Day and their spirit as they serve our nation in the Middle East,” said Aumua Amata. “It’s so special to say ‘thank you’ in person to the men and women of our Armed Forces, and let them know that many people back home are thinking of them in this season. I will be sending more details of this Christmas visit, but for now, the U.S. forces in the Middle East send Christmas and holiday greetings to all!”

group-COLLAGECongresswoman Amata with troops at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait


Congresswoman Amata had the opportunity to see a large group of Samoan constituents at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, including some who just completed their service in Afghanistan or Iraq. She spoke with them, and was happy to remind them that many people at home are thinking of them, before they sang Lota Nuu together.

Congresswoman Amata is part of a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) led by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), that has become a Christmas tradition. In addition to Rep. Amata and Rep. Zeldin, the bipartisan CODEL includes Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). The CODEL had a packed Christmas Day schedule in the Middle East visiting troops and seeing firsthand some of their activities in the service of the country, before flying on to their next stop at another military installation to see more troops.