Assistant Director / Senior Enlisted Leader,
Senior Chief Musician (SW/IW) Jose L. Acosta

Senior Chief Musician Acosta was born in Belize City, Belize and grew up in North Miami Beach, Florida.  He enlisted in the Navy in December of 2000. Attended Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Illinois and upon graduation of Recruit Training, he attended Musician “A” School in Norfolk, Virginia.  In August of 2001, he reported to his first assignment with the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as a saxophone/flute Instrumentalist.  Additionally, during this tour he completed the Sound Reinforcement course.

In December of 2005, he transferred to the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet Band in Yokosuka, Japan, and served as a saxophone/flute Instrumentalist, sound technician and Petty Officer in Charge of the showband “Far East Edition”.  In January of 2010, he returned to the Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and completed the Unit Leader course.  Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Navy Band Southeast in Jacksonville, Florida, serving as the band’s Leading Petty Officer and Operations Coordinator.  He was selected during this tour for promotion to Chief Petty Officer in September of 2012.

He headed back to the Navy School of Music completing the Senior Musician Course in 2014.  Upon completion of the course returned to the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet Band.  His duties included Operations Coordinator, Ceremonial Band conductor, and Chief Petty Officer in Charge (CPOIC) of several deployments aboard the USS Blue Ridge (LCC19) and numerous naval exercises.  

Senior Chief Acosta was selected in 2017 to be the Materiel Manager at Fleet Band Activities, where he was the purchasing officer for Navy Music.  During this tour he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer, in June 2019, he then reported to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band serving as the band’s Leading Chief Petty Officer and CPOIC of Pacific Partnership mission planning.  Additionally, he led an in-depth production team releasing 16 videos viewed worldwide. 

In June of 2021, Senior Chief Acosta assumed his current assignment as Assistant Director / Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet Band.

He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 223 “Brown”).  His personal awards include:  The Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (SW), Information Dominance Warfare (IW), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (6 awards), Sea Service Ribbon Deployment Ribbon (7 awards), Overseas Deployment Ribbon (7 Awards) and numerous unit and campaign decorations.  He holds a Bachelors in Saxophone Performance and Conducting from Brevard College and is an Alumni of the Brevard Music Center.


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