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," Micheal Autrey of the United States Marine Corps.

Autrey was nominated by his mother, Carla Autrey. Here's what she had to say about her son:

Micheal is my oldest son has served 5 yrs in the USMC and on June 19, Micheal got to come home for good. He has a beautiful wife and 2 sons (4 and 3) and 1 daughter (4 months old). My son has been so strong through his time in the Marines and gives God all the praise. He believes in what he is doing in the Marines but is ready to be back in East Texas with family and friends.

To show our appreciation for Micheal's dedication and service to his country and community, he will receive a plaque courtesy of Tyler Trophy. They specialize in awards, engraving, trophies, plaques, gifts and more.

Thank you for your service, Micheal, and we are proud to call you a fellow East Texan. And welcome home.