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Army hero brings his skills home

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Marvin Hill has spent the last 35 years of his life serving his country in the United States Army. He came from the Walker Homes area in South Memphis, graduated from Mitchell High School and joined the Army.

He went from Private to Command Sergeant Major, the highest-ranking enlisted grade in the Army. He has served in two wars, Iraq and Afghanistan.

You might think that was enough service. But, FOX13 News found that there are basically two kinds of people - those who can do and those who can't.

Those who can, like Command Sgt. Maj. Hill, can't seem to stop doing what they can to help others. Now he's taking his world of experience in the Army to the job of Director of Residential Living for the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center.

"We provide an alternative to walking the streets," Command Sgt. Maj. Hill said. "We teach education and provide a vocational credential for young men and women so that they can become productive, hardworking, tax paying members of society."

Spending a year or more at this center, young people learn everything from carpentry to computer science. They live on campus in dorms, just like at college, only this is a very controlled environment, designed to maximize learning and success.

"I've worked in some similar programs that were not set up quite like this and you're right, by having a safe environment for them to work and progress, the learning curve goes up immensely. The kids have a lot more time to apply themselves and have time to get more done," said Carpentry Instructor Joe Kerley.

"You have to surround yourself with positive people. Negative breeds negative and positive breeds positive. So, surround yourself with positive people," Command Sgt. Maj. Hill advised.

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