Battalion Commander, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Armando Acosta
A native of Union City, NJ, Lieutenant Colonel Acosta graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD in May 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and commissioned a Second Lieutenant. After graduation from The Basic School and Infantry Officers Course in March 1993, he was assigned to 2d Battalion, 7th Marines in 29Palms, CA where he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Company Executive Office, Battalion Training Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. In 1995, he was assigned to the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Paris Island, SC where he served as a Series Commander, Battalion Adjutant and Company Commander. During this tour, LtCol Acosta earned a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. In May 1998, LtCol Acosta left active duty.
In 2004, LtCol Acosta joined the Marine Corps Reserve with Weapons Company, 2d Battalion, 25th Marines, Garden City, NY where he served as the 81mm Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer. In November 2005 he volunteered for mobilization with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, Ft. Devens, MA where he served as the 81mm Platoon Commander, Mobile Assault Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer. In April 2006, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines was deployed to Fallujah, Al Anbar Province, Iraq and attached to RCT-5 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2008, LtCol Acosta joined 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, West Palm Beach, FL where he served as the HQ Platoon Commander and Operations Officer. In January 2013 he joined the G-3/5 Section, 4th Marine Division, New Orleans, LA where he serves as an Operations Planner.
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ “V” and Combat Action Ribbon.