WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - This week's Hero of Texoma is a man who was born and raised in Chicago, IL, but found his home in Wichita Falls.
"My career was 20 years, 7 months and 14 days," retired Sgt. First Class DeJuan Wallace said.
He and his brother were supposed to join the military together but Wallace chickened out. Six months later he followed in his brother's footsteps and joined the United States Army.
"I was in the Gulf War and Desert Storm," Wallace said.
He spent time in Germany, Hungary, Korea and many of the 50 states.
"I love to travel. I can travel on the government's dollar more or less," he said.
While he was able to see the world, he fell in love with Sheppard Air Force Base.
"Well, I got to Sheppard in '91. When I was stationed here I was an aircraft hydraulics instructor and from there I went to Germany, then went to Fort Polk, Louisiana and retired and came back here in 2002," he said.
His wife Teresa is proud of her husband's military career.
"I'm so happy that he served. Just to know that he gave the 20 years, 7 months and 14 days, as he likes to tell people, is really exciting because a lot of people don't really do that anymore," she said.
Wallace retired from the U.S. Army and went to work for the U.S. Air Force as a civilian. He has enjoyed his ride but does not consider himself a hero.
"I like what I've done. I do believe I helped out a little bit. But to say I'm a hero, I'm not too sure of that," he said.
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Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6