Accolades: Tracy, Mountain House teens honored
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Capt Jon Domke)
Tracy teen becomes cadet in Air Force Auxiliary

A Tracy teenager is one of the latest additions to the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol cadet program based in Modesto.

Michael Sampino, 16, was recently promoted to cadet airman, having completed the six-week Great Start training program in leadership, physical fitness, aerospace topics and emergency services. He attends Kimball High School.

The Lt. Col. Arthur King Composite Squadron meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Modesto Airport, 700 Tioga Drive. For information: Capt. Jon Domke, 834-6663;

Mountain House teen earns promotion, award

Cadet Capt. Derek Domke, a Mountain House resident and junior at Kimball High School, received the Amelia Earhart Award on March 27 from the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 50.

A ceremony was held April 10 at the Lt. Col. Arthur King Composite Squadron Headquarters in Modesto to honor Domke for his achievement and his promotion to cadet captain.

The Amelia Earhart Award has been awarded to 15,000 cadets in the past 50 years. Candidates must earn the Gen. Bill Mitchell Award, complete the first 11 achievements of the program and pass an examination that measures proficiency in aerospace topics, leadership theory and staff duties.

Domke, 16, has been a member of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol since June 2009. He is the squadron’s cadet executive officer and cadet leadership officer. He also participates in the color guard. As a student at Kimball High, he is part of the school’s video productions department and plans to pursue a career in video production.  

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