A 2008 Turlock High School graduate and Turlock native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Milius.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Folie is a sonar technician aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of San Diego. A Navy sonar technician is responsible for finding submarines while the ship is underway.
"I enjoy oceanography," said Folie. "I like working with sound and learning how it works."
Commissioned in November of 1996, Milius measures approximately 500 feet and is powered by four gas turbines that allow the destroyer to achieve over 30 mph in open seas. Destroyers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as humanitarian assistance. Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required warfighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any tasking overseas.
"Leading Milius sailors is exceptionally rewarding because they genuinely care for one another as people," said Cmdr. Gil Ayan, commanding officer of USS Milius. "They want to see one another succeed and each of them works toward that collective goal. As a commanding officer, you can't ask for a better culture than that."
With a crew of over 300 sailors, jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the destroyer running smoothly, according to Navy officials. The jobs range from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.
"The best part about serving aboard the Milius is working close with my shipmates," said Folie.
Challenging living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew, Navy officials explained. The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.
"To me, serving in the Navy means volunteering for what I can when some others can't," added Folie.