Lieutenant Colonel Gerard "Gerry" Acosta

Portrait photo of Lieutenant Colonel Acosta

Lt. Col. Gerard Acosta was born in the Panama Canal Zone, Panama. In 1999, he graduated from the University of South Florida, and was commissioned as an infantry officer, branch detailed Quartermaster.

After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, he initially served as the assistant brigade S4, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (IBCT), and later as a mortar platoon leader, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (SBCT), Fort Lewis, Washington.

After the Quartermaster Transition Course, Acosta served as the Battalion S4, Special Troops Battalion, I Corps, and later attended the Combined Logistics Captain Career Course. His following assignment was as an aide de camp to Brig. Gen. Robert Radin, Combined Forces Land Component Command, C4/Commanding General, Army Materiel Command, Southwest Asia, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Concluding his deployment, he returned to Fort Lewis to serve as the Group S3 plans officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 593rd Sustainment Brigade and later assumed command of the 24th Quartermaster Company, 80th Ordnance Battalion. Concluding a 14-month Operation Iraqi Freedom combat deployment with 24th Quartermasters Company, Acosta served as a congressional fellow for Senator Chambliss and later Senate Armed Services Committee for the 110th/ 111th Congress, Washington DC.

Concluding his congressional fellowship program, Acosta served as the brigade S3 chief of plans, 4th Brigade Combat Team (ABN), 25th Infantry Division, and later as the battalion operations and battalion executive officer for the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (ABN). Concluding an Operation Enduring Freedom combat deployment with the 4th Battalion, 25th BCT (ABN), Acosta served as a CENTCOM J5 security cooperation officer/ joint logistics planner, United States Embassy, Cairo, Egypt.

Most recently, He served as the Division G4 (Forward), 4th Infantry Division Mission Command Element, Germany.

Acosta is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Bradley Leaders Course, Infantry Mortar Leaders Course, Combined Logistics Captain Career Course, Petroleum Officer Course, Defense Security Cooperation Agency Planners Course, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. Acosta holds a Doctorate Degree in Economics from Walden University, Graduate Degree in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida.

Acosta’s awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Acosta is further certified as a Demonstrated Master Logistician by the Society of Logistics Engineers.