By Scott Prater
To say Capt. Joseph Reveteriano leads an active life borders on ridiculous.
The 50th Operations Support Squadron Chief of Scripts plays competitive tennis, coaches the sport, and is active in a committee to promote tennis among college athletes. He also enjoys pushing his body beyond its limits in marathons, soccer and adventure races — all on top of caring for his infant son.
Rev, as he’s known among friends and colleagues, is Schriever’s Athlete of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2009.
The former standout college tennis player from Victorville, Calif. spent much of his collegiate life preparing to become a doctor, but following the completion of his undergraduate degree, he began experiencing second thoughts.
“I had already begun submitting applications at medical schools when I decided that’s not where I wanted to go,” he said. “So I sat down with my father (retired Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Reveteriano, Sr.) and he told me that with my bachelor’s degree I could enter the Air Force as an officer.”
Once he skimmed the list of Air Force career fields, Rev was drawn instantly to space and missiles.
“I didn’t know (much) about it, but it seemed extremely interesting,” he said.
During August of 2001 he was informed he would begin his Air Force career the next January. Any doubts he had about pursuing an Air Force career vanished instantly less than a month later as the most infamous terrorist attack in our nation’s history both strengthened his resolve and captured his focus.
Tennis, the sport that had dominated his life for so many years, took a back seat to his Air Force aspirations. He didn’t set foot on a court for more than three years.
Following Officer Training School, he attended missile training school at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. and later was assigned to F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., but he longed to return to the tennis courts the entire time.
With his schooling complete, he was able to take up the sport again in Wyoming and began entering United State Tennis Association Open Division tournaments there, attaining the top ranking among open players in the state.
Upon taking his first space assignment, Capt. Reveteriano moved to Schriever Air Force Base. And he towed his rackets with him. At 32, he still plays in the open division, against the best players in the Wyoming and Colorado region, where he’s ranked No. 18.
During the warmer months, aside from holding down his day job, Captain Reveteriano plays once or twice a week and also competes in tournaments. Oh, and he also plays soccer for the Schriever FC team, and competes in marathons and adventure races.
During the third quarter he ran the Pikes Peak Ascent, a 13.3 mile trek from Manitou Springs to the summit of the famous mountain. Two and a half months later he ran, biked and paddled his way through Fayetteville, W.Va.’s Wilderness Challenge adventure race, along with three 2nd Space Operations Squadron teammates. Despite competing for the first time together, the team snagged a sixth-place finish out of 54 teams.
The Schriever Athlete of the Quarter is a prestigious honor. Athletes are nominated by their squadrons’ sports representatives. The base’s fitness center director, its sports director and four recreational assistants then choose the winner based on several criteria: participation and placement in Schriever sporting events, participation and placement in on-base intramural sports, coaching or volunteering for youth sports in the community and participation in top-level events like All-Armed Force competitions.
“Captain Reveteriano had a very well rounded package,” said Fitness Center Director Seth Cannello. “He played some intramural sports and is an exceptional tennis player. His tennis accomplishments are what really catapulted him ahead of the other five nominees.”
Supporting the next generation of tennis players is of utmost importance to Captain Reveteriano. He not only teaches in the Memorial Park Tennis program, he’s also a volunteer coach for the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Women’s Tennis team. But, his involvement in the sport goes so much further.
A few years ago he noticed that former high school players had few outlets for competition, so he joined the collegiate committee of the USTA Intermountain Section, which consists of six states.
“We promote a program called, ‘Tennis on Campus,’” he said. “It’s for players who competed in high school, but weren’t good enough to compete at the college level. We set up club teams so those players get a chance to compete against each other, and we try to get as many universities as possible to participate. These club teams compete to go to the Regional tournament and then Nationals.”
Even as he begins a new assignment, changing gears from 2nd SOPS’ assistant flight commander to composing training scripts for 50th OSS, Captain Reveteriano will keep his busy athletic schedule full. He plans on running more endurance events, maintaining his top-20 regional tennis ranking and competing in winter soccer leagues with Schriever FC.