Navy and Marine Corps Appellate Leave Activity
CDR Stephanie A. Rivera

Commander Stephanie Rivera was born in Landstuhl, Germany.  The daughter of an Air Force  Master Sergeant, she grew up in Warner Robins, Georgia.  She enlisted in the United States Navy and commenced Recruit Training Command in Orlando, Florida in September 1993.  She was selected for the Limited Duty Officer Program (Administration) and commissioned as an Ensign in November 2005.  Commander Rivera graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas, with a Master of Science Degree in Operations Management. 

Her previous enlisted assignments include: Submarine Drydock USS SHIPPINGPORT (ARDM 4) completing temporary additional duty in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of OPERATION SEA SIGNAL; Bureau of Naval Personnel; Patrol NINE making a multi-site deployment to Misawa and Kadena, Japan; Commander, Navy Region Hawaii/Surface Group Middle Pacific and Commander, Navy Personnel Command.  During this tour she was advance to Chief Petty Officer. 

As an officer, during her operational assignments, she served as Ship’s Secretary aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) and Administrative Officer aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), with both tours completing multi-site deployments to U.S. FIFTH and SIXTH Fleets.   

As an officer, her shore assignments include:  Enlisted Distribution Admin Officer (PERS-40); Manning Control Authority BUPERS; Personnel Support Detachment Rota Officer in Charge; Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Strategy (N3/N5) Flag Secretary and Navy Flag Officer Management, Distribution and Development (Flag Matters).  From these shore tours, she acquired extensive Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education experiences. 
She reported to her current assignment as Commanding Officer, Navy and Marine Corps Appellate Leave Activity (NAMALA) in June 2023. 

Commander Rivera’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), and various unit and campaign awards.

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