By 2nd Lt. Marie Denson
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Capt. Joseph Reveteriano, 50th Operations Support Squadron, current operations flight commander, is the type of guy who can light up a room with just a smile.
“Rev” as he’s more commonly known was named Schriever’s Athlete of the year for 2010 and there is no question about his qualifications. He was one of six U.S. Air Force members to participate in the USAF in Europe Tennis team at Headquarters Allied Air Command Tennis Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands last September, where the team took first place.
“The team was amazing,” he said. “The men, women, coaches and doctors were like a family. They welcomed all the new members with open arms. From day one it was smooth sailing. The best part of this experience was just being in a competitive, team environment again. It was such an awesome experience.”
Rev is already planning on heading to London in 2012 for the next USAFE Tennis competition. He says that each tournament, win or lose, is a learning experience and makes you a better player.
“I’ve been in hundreds of competitions. The good part about being in a lot of competitions is you need that much experience to learn how to cope with winning but even more so, you have to learn to take your losses,” he says. “You aren’t always going to win as many tournaments as you’d like to, but that is where you do most of your learning.”
Rev has been playing tennis for more than 20 years. He started out as an eight-year-old in Victorville, Calif.
“My dad, Senior Master Sgt. (ret.) Kenneth Reveteriano, Sr., got me into playing tennis,” he said. “But it wasn’t anything serious; it was more like all of us having fun. We were an athletic family, playing kick-ball and running around. At first it was just us hitting the ball back and forth across the net, it wasn’t until later that we really started getting into it.”
Once his father realized his child had a real interest in the sport, he got him involved in the United States Tennis Association/National Junior Tennis League, now referred to as National Junior Tennis and Learning. At the age of 12, Rev began competing through the NJTL, and at 15 he began playing a regular tournament schedule.
In his early twenties, Rev began volunteer coaching for the USTA/NJTL. He wanted to give back to the program he enjoyed so much growing up.
That led to other volunteer and coaching opportunities.
Today, he still volunteers for the USTA in the intermountain section, where he was named the chair for the collegiate committee, which focuses on college students who want to play competitively but aren’t part of a college team. Rev also volunteered for the USAF Academy Summer Sports Camp as a tennis instructor last summer, and is a tennis instructor at the Memorial Tennis center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Some may be exhausted at the laundry list of activities Rev has on his plate, but he says being interested in everything and wanting to try it all has always been his biggest problem.
How does the Schriever Athlete of the Year keep his active lifestyle under control? Prioritization.
“I just learned how to juggle everything and to prioritize what was most important,” he said. “Even now with my family, work and any activity I’m involved in, if I really want to do anything extra I have to make the time. You have to prioritize.”
It also helps that he has so much support from his wife and son, as well as his co-workers from the 50th OSS and 2nd Space Operations Squadron.
“Captain Rev represents the very best of leadership and officership,” said Lt. Col. Theresa Malasavage, 50th Operations Support Squadron commander. “His relentless drive is not only evident through his athleticism, but also through his dedication to the training mission in the 50th Operations Group. He dedicates himself to achieve what is right for our mission and is highly respected among his peers and supervisors alike”
Currently, Captain Rev is in charge of all satellite command and control training for the 50th OG.
“I get the opportunity to see all the satellite operations in the wing,” he said. “It’s good to see the differences, my flight in OSS is the best of the best. I can’t say enough good things about them.”
As for the future, his plan is to make the military a career, and afterward, he’d like to teach at the college level and coach tennis.
“It’s not just about playing tennis for me, it’s about being part of a sport,” he said. “And being part of that sport you want to give back, whether it’s for the little ones or the collegiate players. It’s one of those sports that you can play forever.”