A 1995 Baker High School graduate is serving on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, recently dispatched to the waters off Yemen to join other American ships prepared to intercept any Iranian weapons shipments to Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen.
By Lori Kesinger
Kenneth (K.C.) Lab is a counselor aboard the carrier. Having served in the US Navy for almost 16 years, the risk of the current mission is not new to him.
The Roosevelt, along with the USS Normandy, a guided-missile cruiser, left the Persian Gulf on April 19 en route for the Arabian Sea, to help enforce the blockade. If the Iranians are delivering arms and violating United Nations resolutions, it could initiate a confrontation with the Navy.
Lab, his wife, Carly, and three daughters live in San Marcos, California. He is currently on deployment for eight months with tentative port in November.
Lab is the son of Larry and Jan Schell of Baker and Dean and Deanna Lab of Utah. “I would ask people to pray for all the military in the area,” Jan Schell requested.