Meet The Battalion Commander

Five Questions for: Mauricio Acosta, 2016-17 Battalion Commander

1. Would you tell us a bit about yourself?

I live in Chesterfield County and am the son of Marcela Barron and Mauricio Acosta Ayala. I'm a parishioner at Sacred Heart and work at Saint Francis Medical Center.

2. How important were academics to you being selected for this position?

They were important. I carry a GPA of 3.9. I believe your academic performance proves whether you're on top of things or not. It is the result of structure and a base for leadership.

3. What are your primary duties as battalion commander?

I need to make sure everything runs smoothly. I need to keep my key staff members appraised of what is going on. We have a symbiotic relationship in helping out each other. Being selected is just the beginning...It's one thing to know, another to do.

4. What makes a good leader?

You should be compassionate but strong. You have to understand and work with people, and you have to be responsible. You need to listen as well as lead.

5. What's a little-known fact about yourself?

I was born in California, though I've lived (in Chesterfield) since I was one.