A native of Mechanicsburg, PA, Captain Acosta was commissioned through the U.S. Naval Academy in 2000.
Captain Acosta served four years at sea, including a tour as First Lieutenant aboard USS Decatur (DDG 73) and a tour as staff oceanographer, scheduler, and staff navigator for Carrier Strike Group TWO (CSG 2), embarked on USS George H. W. Bush. While attached to CSG 2, she participated in the Haitian earthquake response effort as the Navy Liaison Officer to Joint Task Force-Haiti, J35 Future Operations, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Shore tours include Forecast Duty Officer and Command Duty Officer at the Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Rota, Spain; Joint Meteorology and Oceanography Officer at Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa as an Individual Augmentee; Requirements Officer for the ISR Capabilities Division, Chief of Naval Operations Staff (OPNAV N2N6F2); Deputy Executive Assistant to the Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy (OPNAV N2N6E); Executive Officer, Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center; and Senior Oceanography Assignment and Placement Officer, Navy Personnel Command. She also completed a special assignment as an associate fellow on the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group (SSG) in Newport, R.I., an innovation think tank for the Navy.
CAPT Acosta commanded Naval Oceanography Antisubmarine Warfare Center, Yokosuka, Japan. Education includes a B.S. in Physical Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy, and an M.S. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School. Personal awards include Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendations Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendations Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various campaign and service awards.
CAPT Acosta is married to Mr. Dave Acosta of Annapolis, MD. They have two daughters.