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Benson Fuaautoatasi Mauga
Reverend/ FCA Rep/ SAHC founder/
Board of SDMT/ Legal Shield...
San Diego/ La Mesa/ Lemon Grove, CA
First Samoan Baptist Community Church(FSBCC)-Pastor & Windsor Hills Community Church(WHCC)-Elder... deacon for more than ten years... Fellowship of Christian Athletes(FCA)... Representative for the Polynesian Community... Samoan Athletes-"Heart of Champions"(SAHC) ministry, founder & President... Board of San Diego Mission Team(SDMT)... Legal Shield-Independent Associate...
Personal: Born in Honolulu, HI ... Relocated to American Samoa company his grandfather Palepoi Afamasaga Mauga ... Attended Manulele Tausala Elem, Marist Brother HS/Samoana HS alumnus class of '78' ... accepted Jesus Christ in '77' and baptized by Rev. Iese Leasau ... Am. Samoa Football Scholarship as Defensive Lineman of the Year unsuccessful ... Enlisted US Navy to serve, defend our country for 22-years Honorable service successfully ... Aviation Security ... Completed Theology/ Biblical/ Youth Pastoral/ Ordained Pastor ... Family Reverend/ Father of six sons; Benson Jr, Dallas, Rainbow, Magnum, Hutch & Homer (twins), but not forgotten my truly lovely wife Mouna and five grand kids

Reader's San Diego, California; MAUGA Family in their traditional Samoan 'laei' attires


                          AE1(AW) BENSON T. MAUGA
                           22 years of military service
             (22 September, 1978 to 22 February, 2001) 

       Entered the United States Navy from Fort Worth Dallas, Texas on 22 September, 1978 and were assigned to Recruit Training Command, San Diego, CA. First duty station at Naval Air Station Miramar San Diego, CA, assignment with F-14 Tomcat aircraft training Fighter Squadron (VF-124), 1979-1982; reported to Fighter Squadron (VF-2), which deployed onboard aircraft carrier USS-RANGER in support of hostage rescue mission in Iran. On deployment got selected for the Good Morning America 15-second commercial. Liberty ports stopped in; Canada, Hawaii, Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Africa.

       In 1982-1989; transferred to Naval Air Station Barbers Point, HI, to Fleet Composite Squadron (VC-1), as an Aviation Electrician Technician for: A-4, H-3, P-3 & C-118 aircraft. Commendation letter from the Pacific Fleet Admiral for outstanding technician for VIP aircraft P-3 & C-118.

1985-1989; Transferred to Fleet Maritime Patrol Mobile Maintenance Facility Team; Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, deployed to Alaska, Diego Garcia, and Misawa, Japan, under CNO Special Operation Command.

       Returned to sea duty in San Diego, CA, 1989; for more exciting career. Assigned to LAMPS III Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 41 for training, 1990-1992; to Light Squadron 47 for CNO Special Project to Parking Sand, Kauai, HI testing the MK-50 Torpedo for SH-60 Helicopter. Your technician qualification experience and skillful, deployed you in a short notice to the Desert Shield/Storm Operation in the Arabian Gulf war as search and rescue mission. First team to arrive in Kuwait, and the last to returned home. On alert operation in the Philippines and witness the eruption of Mountain Punatupo volcano. Took part in Rescue Operation for the dependence evacuation to board ships. Your team on route to the Saudi Arabian Gulf war; stopped at Bermuda, Azores, Italy, Malta, Bahrain, and Kuwait. Upon returned home, liberty ports: UAE, Oman, Thailand, Philippines, Hongkong, Russian, and Japan.

       Joined the LAMPS III shore training squadron Light 41 for instructor duty in 1992. In 1993 and 1994, hand picked by the Chief of Naval Operation Elite team to instructed Taiwanese, Republic of China (R.O.C.) aviators on SH-60 helicopter Flight Operational shore/onboard ship.

       Back to sea duty in 1995-2001; assigned to Light Squadron 45(Wolf Pack), in short week to deploy down South America and Caribbean Counter Narcotics Operations in Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Netherlands, Peru, and Panama. Then again deployed to the Saudi Arabian Gulf Southern Watch Operation, liberty ports; Hawaii, Singapore, Thailand, Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Australia, Tasmania, American Samoa, and Hawaii. Named Sailor of the Year and COMNAVAIRPAC Sailor of the Quarter 1997.

       Benson T. Mauga outstanding performance, dedication, and professionalism in his country and community service have rewarded him with pride of Gold Stripes decoration of memories as follows: Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (awarded 6 time), Combat Action Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (awarded 2 time), Battle E Ribbon (awarded 2 time), Good Conduct Medal (awarded 6 time), Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (awarded 2 time), Southwest Asia Service Medal (awarded 2 time), Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Ribbon (awarded 4 time), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Rifle and Pistol Expert Marksmanship Medal. Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Wings.

       Mr. Mauga is married to his lovely wife Mouna Lisa Tiumalu of Lemon Grove, CA, have six sons: Benson Jr., Dallas, Rainbow, Magnum, & twins: Hutch and Homer. To end his career chapter, he will always honor/respect of his ancestors that plant his faith as; (SAMOA MUAMUA LE ATUA) Place GOD First.  

Stephen Greene, CDR, USN


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