Derek Domke, 14, and Jori Domke, 16, joined Michael Froehlke and William Leuenhagen, both 16-year-olds from Modesto, for the two-day competition. Team members had several individual wins en route to a third-place team finish among more than 60 cadets from around the state.
Events included a 200-meter parachute run, a 100-meter swim, a map-and-compass course and a 50-question aerospace test, requiring both teamwork and individual endurance.
The team was escorted by 1st Lt. Jon Domke of Mountain House, deputy commander of cadets for the local squadron.
Jori Domke, a junior at Kimball High School, will also attend the Civil Air Patrol’s weeklong Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course beginning Sunday, July 24, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.
Domke, a cadet first lieutenant, joined the squadron in October 2007. She intends to pursue a career in astrophysics.
During the course, she will learn about space-related career fields and meet some of the men and women involved in space operations.
The Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force and has more than 56,000 members nationwide, including adults and cadets ages 12 through 18. The Lt. Col. Arthur King Composite Squadron, to which the Domkes belong, meets weekly at the Modesto Airport.
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