Naval Medical Center San Diego holds change of command

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Capt. Jose Acosta is scheduled to be succeeded by Capt. Joel Roos as commander of Naval Medical Center San Diego in a ceremony Tuesday morning.

Acosta, who held his post for two years, will become the lead medical officer for the San Diego-based U.S. Third Fleet. As the fleet surgeon, he’ll 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," Acosta said. "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.”

Roos was previously fleet surgeon for the Seventh Fleet, based in Japan. He was deputy commander of the Navy medical center in Balboa Park in 2009, and will become its 43rd commander, according to the Navy.

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