Playing in the attic, Cpl. Dylan Rivere found an old sea bag and plastic storage container. When he looked inside he found his father’s old Air Force uniforms and equipment. He picked up the uniform and ran downstairs where he asked his father what it was. His father told him about when he served and what it was like working on jet engines. From those stories he decided he wanted to join the Armed Forces.
March 13, 2017 - Cpl. Dylan Rivere is recognized by senior enlisted non-commissioned officers and peers for his outstanding leadership and skills in his job field. Rivere is a support equipment mechanic assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14, Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Justin Roux)
Rivere left his family in Louisiana and arrived at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island to join the Marine Corps Dec. 2, 2012.
“Since I was younger, I’ve always been tearing apart lawn mowers and putting them back together,” said Rivere. “My dad was a jet engine mechanic, and I’ve always been fascinated with fixing things. I thought it would be cool to do it in the military.”
Rivere works on a variety of equipment that helps the aircraft mechanics complete their tasks. It is the responsibility of Rivere and his Marines to maintain the equipment, which allows the mechanics to maintain the aircraft, allowing the unit’s aircraft to maintain readiness and respond when needed.
Since Rivere joined the military he has learned more than just how to do his job. He’s learned what it takes to be a leader, that his Marines are a reflection of him and his leadership ability. He also learned to be a mentor and teach his junior Marines.
“I try to teach them how to be more efficient at their jobs while also mentoring them to set them up for success for their future careers,” said Rivere about being a leader and teacher to his fellow Marines. “I want to give them a drive to come to work and learn new things.”
By U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin Roux
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