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MIDLAND, Texas (FOX 24) – A man with strong ties to the Permian Basin just reached a milestone in his military career. We introduce you to a local hero.

For 20 years and seven months, Jamaine Johnson served in the United States Marine Corp.

“He’s a hero to a lot of people,” said Edward Mayberry, Jamaine’s brother

“He’s always been a go-getter,” said John Shields, Jamaine’s stepdad.

“It’s just bittersweet because I love the Marine Corp,” said Jamaine Johnson.

The Midland-native received more than 200 awards, including being honored for his heroic action in combat.

“He made it and we’re very proud of him,” said Shields. “Once he puts his mind to something, he does it.”

Among his deployments, the 39-year-old served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“Just to see the fight, and the strive and the push and the determination. it’s just remarkable,” said Mayberry.

A remarkable military career and he just retired.

“I had awesome teachers out there that taught respect, treating others like you want to be treated,” said Jamaine.

He says the values he learned here in the Basin helped him in his successful career.

“Just having the integrity to do the right things at the right time for the right reason,” said Jamaine.

His advice for others is to never give up.

“I had a teacher that said the sky’s the limit, just shoot for the stars,” said Jamaine.

He credits his mom and his faith for keeping him strong along the way.

Here’s something else incredible about him, he also got four degrees while in the military.

Watch the video above for the full story.

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