KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) One Killeen native and 2014 graduate plays a crucial role in assault operations, transporting Marines from sea to shore.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Nidala Alvarez is an engineman in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Whidbey Island.
He's responsible for maintaining the ship's engines and generators, in fact he prevented an explosion by spotting an fuel issue with one of the generators.
Alvarez graduated from high school in Killeen in 2014, and credits his success in the Navy to his upbringing in Killeen.
He said, "I learned from my hometown to earn what you get and to take nothing for granted in order to put yourself in the best position possible."