COL Michael Rivera assumed the duties as commander of the 404th Army Field Support Brigade in June 2019. He is a native of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. His civilian education includes a BA in Business Administration (Finance) from Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia, 1992; MS in Global Supply Chain Management from University of Kansas, 2010. He was commissioned through the ROTC department of Columbus State University in June 1992.
COL Rivera’s previous assignments include: Maintenance Platoon Leader, Supply Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer, 485th Corps Support Battalion, 3d COSCOM, Darmstadt, Germany (1996-1999); Battalion S-3 and Commander Headquarters and Alpha Company, 10th Forward Support Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY (1999-2002); Battalion S-4, 3d Special Forces Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne); Fort Carson, CO (2004); Commander Group Support Company and Battalion Executive Officer, Group Support Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), while deployed to Iraq, Fort Carson, CO (2005-2009); Operations Planner, Current Operations – Joint Task Force, Deputy J4 Director, Special Operations Command Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii (2010-2014); Battalion Commander, Group Support Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), while deployed to Iraq, Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA (2014-2016); Colonels Assignment Officer, Senior Leader Division, Office Chief of Staff Army, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (2016-2018).
Prior to assuming command of the 404th AFSB, he attended University of Washington (Seattle) as an Army War College Fellow in the Center of Strategic International Studies. COL Rivera’s service schools include the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course (CLOAC), Combined Arms Service Staff School (CGSC), Joint Forces Staff College (JPME II), Army War College Fellow, Airborne School, Aerial Delivery Material Officer Course (Rigger), and the United States Army Special Operations Jumpmaster Course.
COL Rivera’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (w/1 OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (w/4 OLC), the Joint Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (w/3 OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (w/3 OLC), and multiple campaign (Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq) service medals/ribbons. He was also awarded the Combat Action Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (w/1OLC) and Meritorious Unit Award.
COL Rivera has two children.