WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas native is making her hometown proud serving in the U.S. Navy.
Petty Officer 1st Class Ebony Griner is an electronics technician serving at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
But she also received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for saving the life of a civilian contractor.
The 2000 Waco High graduate credits her success in the Navy to the lessons she learned growing up in Waco saying, "my parents and teachers taught me a great work ethic and if you hold true to your morals, your integrity will show through."
And she thanks her family members for inspiring her to join the military.
Her great-grandmother was in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and her father and uncles served in the U.S. Army.