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John L. Estrada


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John Learie Estrada (born September 27, 1955) is the former United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago and a former United States Marine who served as the 15th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2007.[1][2] Estrada stepped down from that post on April 25, 2007, turning over the billet to the next sergeant major, Carlton Kent. Estrada then retired from the military in June 2007, after over 33 years of service.[3][4] He has also worked as a senior manager for Lockheed Martin Training Solutions from 2008 onward.

For the Philippine actor, see John Estrada.
John Estrada

Estrada in September 2013
United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago
In office
March 17, 2016  January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Margaret Diop (acting)
Succeeded by Joseph Mondello
15th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
In office
June 26, 2003  April 25, 2007
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Alford L. McMichael
Succeeded by Carlton Kent
Personal details
Born (1955-09-27) September 27, 1955 (age 66)
Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Cote
Occupation Marine, ambassador
Website Embassy website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1973–2007
Rank Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Battles/wars Gulf War
Operation Southern Watch
Iraq War
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (4)
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Estrada was nominated to be the United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago in July 2013, was approved for the position on February 12, 2016,[5] and became the ambassador on March 17.[6]

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Estrada was born in Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago on September 27, 1955.[7] He immigrated to the United States as a teenager and became a naturalized citizen in 1988.

Estrada as the Sergeant Major of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Estrada orating to U.S. Marines at the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2005.
Estrada in a U.S. State Department video.

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