Live Oak High School alumnus, Walker native serves as culinary specialist in U.S. Navy

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A Live Oak High School alumnus is serving with the U.S. Navy as a culinary specialist aboard the USS Oklahoma City, one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.

Seaman Jacob McCurnin is responsible for feeding and ensuring proper nutrition of the crew, which is composed of around 130 sailors.

McCurnin, a Walker native, credited his success in the Navy to lessons he learned in that city.

“I learned so much about hard work and pushing through,” McCurnin said. “Physical labor never hurts that much!”

McCurnin said the skills he learned aboard the submarine will help him out in life, and working there makes people better at what they do because of how often they must carry out tasks.

There are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their commands, communities and careers, but McCurnin is most proud of receiving a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

“Our freezer went down on development and we had to get really creative to be able to feed the crew with the food we have,” McCurnin said. “Feeding the crew on a deployment is critical to keeping everyone’s morale up.”

McCurnin said he was proud of the work they did in that situation.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, McCurnin knows he’s part of a legacy that adds a critical component to the branch.

“Serving in the Navy means I am supporting my family,” McCurnin said. “I’m out here so they don’t have to be.”

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