Chief Master Sgt. Holly R. Rivera is the 108th Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant, New Jersey Air National Guard, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. As the senior enlisted leader of the Wing, she is responsible for advising the Wing Commander and staff on mission effectiveness, professional development, military readiness, training, utilization, health, morale and welfare of more than 1,200 Air National Guard members.
Chief Rivera entered the Air Force in April 1996 and graduated technical school at Lackland AFB, Texas as a supply specialist in July 1996. Her background includes extensive service in inventory management to include MICAPs, mobility assets and readiness spares packages. During her active duty service, Chief Rivera deployed in support of Operation DESERT FOX to Southwest Asia. In 2000, Chief Rivera joined the reserves and moved to New Jersey to serve in the 514th Logistics Readiness Flight, 514th Air Mobility Wing as an Air Reserve Technician. Directly after the 2001 terrorist attacks, she was mobilized in support of Operations NOBLE EAGLE and ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2005, Chief Rivera cross-trained into the Logistics Plans career field. In 2012, Chief Rivera transferred to the New Jersey Air National Guard as the Logistics Plans Superintendent in the 108th Logistics Readiness Squadron, specializing in deployments and mobilization. In 2016, Chief Rivera transferred to the 108th Wing Inspector General office and served as the Superintendent of Inspections, where she specialized in Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspections. Prior to her current assignment, Chief Rivera served as the Superintendent of the 108th Operations Group.
In her civilian career, Chief Rivera is the Chief of Inspections for the installation Inspector General, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.; responsible for managing and leading exercises, compliance inspections, HHQ special interest items and Wounded Ill and Injured housing inspections.
2002 Airman Leadership School, by correspondence
2007 Deployment and Crisis Action Planning and Execution Segments (DCAPES), Air Mobility Warfare Center, Fort Dix, N.J.
2009 Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, by correspondence
2012 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, National Defense University, by correspondence
2012 Acquisitions 101, Defense Acquisition University, by correspondence
2013 Logistics Readiness Squadron Quality Assurance Evaluator Course, by correspondence
2013 Associate Degree, Logistics Management, Community College of the Air Force
2014 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2015 Inspector General Training Course, Inspections, Kirtland, Air Force Base, N.M.
2017 Nuclear Leadership Course, Scott AFB, Ill.
2019 ANG Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
1. August 1996–April 2000, Supply Journeyman, 62nd Supply Squadron, McChord AFB, Wash.
2. April 2000–November 2004, Supply Craftsman, 514th Logistics Readiness Flight, McGuire AFB, N.J.
3. November 2004–October 2012, Logistics Plans Craftsman, 514th Logistics Readiness Flight, JB MDL, N.J.
4. October 2012–February 2016, Logistics Plans Superintendent, 108th Logistics Readiness Squadron, JB MDL, N.J.
5. February 2016–June 2018, Inspections Superintendent, 108th Wing, JB MDL, N.J.
6. June 2018–October 2019, Group Superintendent, 108th Operations Group, JB MDL, N.J.
7. October 2019–Present, Command Chief, 108th Wing, JB MDL, N.J.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
AF Outstanding Unit Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 'M' Device with one bronze oak leaf cluster
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
New Jersey Commendation Medal
1996 Distinguished Graduate, Supply Apprentice Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
2003 Twelve Outstanding Airman of the Year, 514th Logistics Readiness Flight, McGuire AFB, N.J.
2005 Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Logistics Plans Apprentice Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
2007 Academic Achievement Award, DCAPES Base Level, Air Mobility Warfare Center, Fort Dix, N.J.
2007 Twelve Outstanding Airman of the Year, 514th Logistics Readiness Flight, McGuire AFB, N.J.
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman Basic April 3, 1996
Airman Oct. 3, 1996
Airman First Class Aug. 3, 1997
Senior Airman April 3, 1999
Staff Sergeant Sept. 1, 2002
Technical Sergeant May 1, 2004
Master Sergeant Aug. 1, 2009
Senior Master Sergeant Nov. 26, 2014
Chief Master Sergeant Nov. 8, 2018
(Current as of October 2019)