San Diego, California - Following a successful two year tour as the commanding officer for Naval Medical Center San Diego, Capt. Jose Acosta, will relinquish command to Capt. Joel Roos, at a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m., August 30, at the medical center.
The conclusion of the ceremony will mark the beginning of Acosta's next assignment, where the Virginia native will serve as the lead medical officer for the San Diego-based U.S. 3rd Fleet. As the fleet surgeon, he will be responsible for the medical readiness of Sailors and Marines aboard ships, submarines, and aircraft stationed in California, Washington, and Hawaii.
"The transition is truly a bittersweet moment," said Acosta. "While I look forward to future opportunities to positively impact the health and well-being of our operational forces, I leave behind an amazing organization."
During his tour, Acosta led NMCSD through several operational and medical milestones that ultimately improved medical readiness and enhanced the patient experience of the 125,000 beneficiaries enrolled to the hospital.
"When I came aboard two years ago, I marveled at the resources available to us, but noticed that the true measure of quality came with the staff," said Acosta to the 6,500 Sailors and civilian staff members he led, through a recently-aired farewell video. "Ladies and gentlemen, your commitment to the highest standards of care make Balboa the Navy's finest hospital. Your dedication to your craft and to your patients elevated our reputation among military and civilian hospitals alike. I'm so very proud of all that we've accomplished together these past two years. Continue to raise the bar and achieve excellence."
Roos, an emergency physician by trade and native of Cincinnati, will assume command as the 43rd naval officer to lead NMCSD.
Roos previously served as fleet surgeon for the Japan-based U.S. 7th Fleet, where he was responsible for operational medical planning and execution, in addition to theater security cooperation engagements throughout the Western Pacific. His last assignment in San Diego was as the deputy commander for NMCSD in 2009.
Prior to the ceremony, Roos and Acosta will hold a 15-minute media availability for questions and comments at 9:30 a.m.