(RALEIGH, North Carolina) — There are hundreds of thousands of soldiers in the U.S. Army but only one can be named Female Soldier-Athlete of the Year.
While her accomplishment is being heralded as an historic win for Samoans, it'd be an injustice to exclude half of her identity.
"I like to say my full name is Salaia Latoya Nicole Marshall Salave’a," the U.S. Army's Female Soldier-Athlete of the Year told tautalatala from Raleigh.
"I tell people that I am Samoan and Black. Most people want me to be one or the other but I’m both so they either accept it or not."