As former Texas governor and Donald Trump’s pick for energy secretary Rick Perry faced some tough questions and criticism from the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Thursday, he carried with him the name of an American hero on his right wrist.

A black metal bracelet could be seen on Perry’s right wrist as he scribbled notes during the confirmation hearing, and according to the Independent Journal Review, the bracelet pays tribute to fallen U.S. Marine Colton W. Rusk of Orange Grove. Rusk's name could be seen in photographs of Perry at the hearing.

Rusk, 20, a U.S. Marine who graduated from Orange Grove High School in 2009, was killed in Afghanistan on Dec. 6, 2010.

According to the Independent Journal Review, the Rusk family said they presented Perry with the bracelet six years ago.

Rusk was a dog handler and a machine gunner. He was deployed to Afghanistan on his 20th birthday.

Growing up in Orange Grove and through high school, Rush was liked by all, athletic and an all-around good guy. In high school, he was was named senior class favorite and an all-district football player.

In November, family and friends and the community of Orange Grove came together to hold the  Run for Remembrance: Colton Rusk Memorial 5K. According to 5K organizers, the event is meant to give the community an opportunity to come together on the weekend of Colton Rusk’s “Angelversary.” The event raised some $8,000 for scholarships in Rusk’s memory. The Rusk family has given out approximately 40 scholarships on their son's behalf.