Captain Pedro Rivera, assistant professor in Georgia Regents University’s Department of Military Science, has been named the recipient of the Colonel Leo A. Codd Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding ROTC Instructor of the Year for Army ROTC.
Rivera will receive this national recognition during the Sixth Brigade ROTC Field Training Exercises awards ceremony being held April 7 at Fort Gordon, Ga.
“I am truly honored to be receiving this award, because I love what I do and I know the entire GRU Military Science department truly cares about cultivating the future of our armed forces,” said Rivera.
Presented to one outstanding ROTC instructor from each military branch of service, Rivera was nominated by GRU’s Jaguar Battalion and selected out of instructors from 270 host institutions for his teaching performance, civilian activities, and contributions to the national ROTC unit.
“CPT Rivera displays the excellence we instill in our Cadets,” said Lieutenant Colonel Keith Cantrell, chair of GRU’s military science department. “We are proud of the work he does in preparing our cadets and he is truly worthy of this award.”
In addition to this achievement, the Army has selected Rivera for promotion to Major and he has been slated to attend the Army’s highly competitive Intermediate Level of Education. He is also an Armor Officer who recently served as the Company Commander of C Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2BCT 4th ID.
He wears the Parachutist Badge, the Drill Sergeant Badge, and Combat Action Badge. He is also a graduate of the University of Louisville.