Sergeant Major Pedro Rivera was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and soon after graduating high school, he joined the Army as a lithographer. After completing basic combat training in Fort Jackson SC, Sgt. Maj. Rivera attended advance individual training at the Defense Mapping School in Fort Belvoir, VA. Sgt. Maj. Rivera's first duty assignment was the 320th Engineer Company (EN CO), 565th Engineer Battalion (EN BN), 130th Engineer Brigade (EN BDE) in Hanau Germany. During his tenure, he served as a lithographer, printing press operator, team leader, squad leader and the company Nuclear Biological Chemical Noncommissioned Officer (NCO).
Sgt. Maj. Rivera was next assigned to the 100th EN CO, 30th EN BN, 20th EN BDE, Fort Bragg NC where he served as squad leader, platoon sergeant and company operations NCO. Sgt. Maj. Rivera deployed with the company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. Maj. Rivera was assigned to A CO, 3rd Psychological Operations (PSYOP) BN, 4th PSYOP Group, Fort Bragg NC. Sgt. Maj. Rivera served as platoon sergeant and he deployed with his platoon in support of the Joint Psychological Operations Task Force.
Always seeking new challenges and responsibilities, Sgt. Maj. Rivera volunteered for a one-year unaccompanied tour to the Republic of Korea where he served as the 2nd Infantry Division Senior Geospatial Engineer Sergeant and as the G2 Sergeant Major. Upon completion of his assignment, he returned to his Family and former unit in Fort Bragg, NC. Sgt. Maj. Rivera served as the 100th EN CO First Sergeant. Sgt. Maj. Rivera was then assigned as the Senior Geospatial Engineer Operations Sergeant (NCOIC) of the 517th Engineer Detachment (EN DET) (Geospatial Planning Cell (GPC)) in support of U.S. Army Africa headquartered in Vicenza, Italy. Sgt. Maj. Rivera most recent assignment was the 60th EN DET (GPC), U.S. Army Europe Wiesbaden Germany where he served as the Geospatial Operations Sergeant Major. Sgt. Maj. Rivera is now assigned as the Command Sergeant Major for Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army Europe.
Sgt. Maj. Rivera's awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2nd award), Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (5th award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award), Parachutist Badge, Drivers and Mechanic Badge (Wheel) and Special Operators Badge.
Sgt. Maj. Rivera is married and has two children.