Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Jose Luis Betancourt, Jr.

Retired

Rear Admiral Jose Luis Betancourt, Jr.


Born in Mexico and raised in Texas, Rear Adm. (ret) Betancourt graduated from Pan American University and earned master’s degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C. He attended Officer Candidate School and received his commission in March 1972. Rear Adm. Betancourt served aboard USS Frederick (LST 1184), USS John S. McCain (DDG 36), USS William H. Standley (CG 32), and USS Fox (CG 33), where he served as Executive Officer. He commanded USS Merrill (DD 976) and USS Peleliu (LHA 5). While in command of Merrill, he deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, where his ship served as flag ship and mine countermeasures support ship during extensive mine clearance operations. Ashore, Rear Adm. Betancourt served as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Forces, Marianas, and Special Assistant for Officer Accession Programs in the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C. Other assignments ashore include duty with the Chief of Navy Recruiting, Washington, D.C., and service in the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Rear Adm. Betancourt’s first flag assignment was as the Commander, Mine Warfare Command, in Ingleside, Texas. In his final assignment, he served as Commander, Navy Region Southwest. Rear Adm. Betancourt's military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and various service and campaign awards.


Updated: 16 July 2013