Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera joined CAP in March 1996 as a charter member in Lajas HS Cadet Squadron, Puerto Rico Wing. Lt Col Rivera later transfers to Mayaguez Cadet Squadron as Finance and Administration Officer. She served as Mayaguez Squadron Commander from 2005-2011. Lt Col Rivera was also Group V Commander for two years, then she was transferred to Wing Headquarters as Public Affairs Officer and Director of Emergency Services. She has also been an instructor and Director of SLS, CLC, UCC, RCLS, RSC, Cadet Encampments and Puerto Rico Wing Conferences. Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera completed level 5 in 2009. She currently holds a master rating in eight Civil Air Patrol Specialties. Lt Col Rivera awards and decorations include four Exceptional Service Awards, five Wing Commander’s Commendation Awards, three Achievement Awards, the Scott Crossfield Master Educator Award, Chuck Yeager Award, the Gill Robb Wilson Award, two Region Commander’s Commendation Award, National Commander’s Commendation Award, and other service awards.