John L. Estrada [es-TRAH-dah]
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
The U.S. Senate confirmed John L. Estrada as Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on February 12, 2016. He was sworn-in as Ambassador on March 17, 2016. Prior to his confirmation, Ambassador Estrada was Senior Manager for Lockheed Martin Training Solutions. Ambassador Estrada served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 34 years, most notably as the 15th Sergeant Major of the United States Marine Corps, the nation’s highest-ranking enlisted Marine, from 2003 to 2007, during the height of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Sergeant Major of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Additionally, from 2000 to 2001, he served as the Sergeant Major of the Recruit Training Regiment at Parris Island, from 1998 to 2000 as Sergeant Major for the Recruiting Station in Sacramento, and from 1995 to 1998 as Sergeant Major for the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines Division, based at Camp Pendleton, California.
Ambassador Estrada has served as a Presidentially-appointed Commissioner on the American Battle Monuments Commission, an independent agency of the U.S. government that oversees permanent U.S. military cemeteries, memorials, and monuments around the world. He also served as a Committee Member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, a member of the national Board of Directors for Operation Homefront, and on the Executive Committee for the United Services Organization. Ambassador Estrada received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Ambassador Estrada was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of 14. He lives with his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Cote Estrada, in Freeport, Maine, with their two daughters, Eva and Marie.