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Cameron G. Solis

Navy Seaman Cameron G. Solis, son of Connie J. and Edward M. Solis of Manteca, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Solis completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Solis is a 2012 graduate of Manteca High School.

Ryan D. Karas

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan D. Karas, son of Robin and Dan Karas of Manteca, is currently deployed. Karas along with fellow Sailors and Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway with a ceremony, a fitting tribute given the ship’s close ties to the battle.

Karas is a 2008 graduate of Sierra High School of Manteca and joined the Navy in September 2008.

Brandon T. Tinges

Air Force Airman Brandon T. Tinges graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Tinges is the son of Sherri Williams of Fresno and nephew of Debbie Tinges of Ripon.

He is a 2009 graduate of Woodcreek High School, Roseville.

Nicholas Wever

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas M. Wever, son of Lorene G. and Michael B. Wever of Ripon, and Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) volunteered to assist in the Special Olympics Washington (SOWA) competition at the Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Wash.

Wever is a 2008 graduate of Ripon High School and joined the Navy in April 2010.

Cedric R. Starling

Navy Airman Apprentice Cedric R. Starling, a 2011 graduate of Lathrop High School, and fellow Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) formed a Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) committee.

CSADD is a peer-to-peer mentoring program geared toward assisting Sailors in making positive decisions in all areas of their lives.

The program was originally created for those in ROTC, JROTC and similar programs. However, it quickly spread throughout the Navy and is now a resource for all Sailors.

The purpose of the program is peer mentorship. The goals of its members are to get a group of Sailors who, through networking and discussion, can create ways to inform and inspire others to make better decisions, and to equip all hands with the tools they need to make those decisions.