All of us at 101.5 KNUE are proud to be part of East Texas, and we are especially proud to live in a place where we hold our military and first responders in such high regard.

KNUE + Patterson UTI are proud to announce this week’s “Hometown Hero,” Joshua Willis of the United States Navy.

Mr. Willis, of Malakoff, was nominated by Kimberly Kelly, who had this to say about Joshua:

Joshua graduated in 2009 as the valedictorian from Malakoff High School and went directly into the US Navy nuclear program. After several years of training, he was assigned to the USS George Washington aircraft carrier. He has been stationed in Japan for three plus years. In December 2014, he will marry his longtime girlfriend/fiance' who he has known since the sixth grade and then they move to Japan until their next assignment is provided. Thank you to Josh and his family for sacrificing these years for the service of our country.

To show our appreciation for Joshua's dedication and service to his country and community, he will receive a plaque courtesy of Congratulations Awards in Jacksonvillle, They specialize in awards, engraving, trophies, plaques, gifts and more. She also will also receive a gift pack from Edible Arrangements.