Commander Acuña is a California native and an United States Naval Academy Alum (c/o 2003) where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 2005.
After initial P-3C Orion flight training at Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP 30), Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, FL., he reported to VP 4, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Kaneohe Bay for his operational sea tour. He served as the Squadron Quality Assurance Officer (QAO) and the Senior Watch Officer (SWO). He also completed an Individual Augmentee (IA) assignment with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C. His service overseas includes deployments to the western Pacific and Southeast Asia as well as Operation Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
He completed a shore and staff assignment at Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2 (CPRW-2) at Marine Corps Base Hawaii as the Safety Department Head, Aviation Safety Officer (ASO), and Legal Officer.
He transitioned to Selected Reserves (SELRES) in June 2013. From 2014-2017 he served as the Training Officer and Operations Officer for NR SOCPACIFIC, a Naval Special Warfare (NSW) reserve unit to USINDOPACOM’s Theater Special Operations Command. In December 2017 he joined NR C3F Maritime Air Operations (MAO) Det Honolulu. He has flown over 240 combat missions in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and has accumulated over 2,000 flight hours.
Commander Acuña holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration with an International Business emphasis from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (5), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign awards.
He is married with a toddler son.