Sergeant Major Richard A. Estrada
Sergeant Major Estrada reported to recruit training in August 1989 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. Upon completion of recruit training, Private Estrada attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, CA and was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class. In January 1990 he attended Personnel Administration School in Del Mar, CA upon completion was assigned the Military Occupational Skill (MOS) of 0151.
Private First Class Estrada reported to the Regional Automated Services Center (RASC), Marine Corps Base, Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan in April 1990 as an Administrative Clerk. Lance Corporal Estrada was then transferred to 4th Marine Division, New Orleans, LA in September 1991 as the Commanding General’s Driver. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal and Sergeant. In September 1994, Sergeant Estrada was reassigned to the Division G-1 as the TAD Orders Section Chief.
Sergeant Estrada was then transferred to Inspector-Instructor Staff Tampa, FL for MEPS Duty in August 1995 as a MEPS Staff Member. In December 1998 Sergeant Estrada was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Staff Sergeant Estrada was then transferred to 1st Marine Air Wing, VMGR-152 Okinawa, Japan in December 1998 as the Administration/Personnel Chief. Staff Sergeant Estrada was then transferred to MCRD Parris Island, SC for Drill Instructor Duty where he served with Mike Company, 3d Recruit Training Battalion until October 2001.
Staff Sergeant Estrada was then transferred to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Camp Lejeune, NC in November 2001, as the Administrative Chief. Staff Sergeant Estrada was reassigned to the Division Personnel Administration Center (DPAC) in July 2002 as the Legal Chief of 2d Marine Division. In February 2003, Staff Sergeant Estrada was deployed forward in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Administration Chief of the I MEF Division Administration Center (DAC) at Camp Commando in Kuwait. Upon his return, Staff Sergeant Estrada assumed the duties as the Pay and Promotions Chief of 2d Marine Division in August 2003. In September 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. In April 2004 Gunnery Sergeant Estrada deployed with 3d Battalion, 6th Marines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan, in which he served in the capacity as the battalion adjutant.
Gunnery Sergeant Estrada was then transferred to Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, Camp Johnson in December 2004 as the Adjutant Chief. Gunnery Sergeant Estrada was reassigned to Marines Awaiting Training (MAT) platoon in March 2006 as the MAT Platoon Advisor/Company Gunnery Sergeant of Headquarters and Service Company. Gunnery Sergeant Estrada was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant May 25, 2007 and was transferred to 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, 29 Palms, California where he served as the Battery First Sergeant. During this tour First Sergeant Estrada deployed with 2d Battalion, 4th Marines and 2d Battalion, 7th Marines ISO the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in January 2008 and January 2010.
First Sergeant Estrada was transferred to School of Infantry-East, Marine Combat Training, Camp Geiger, NC in February 2011 as the Company First Sergeant. First Sergeant Estrada was promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major on November 21, 2011 and was transferred to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines, Camp Lejeune, NC where he served as the Battalion Sergeant Major. During this tour Sergeant Major Estrada deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in May 2012 as an advisor team for the Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) until September 2012. In April 2013 Sergeant Major Estrada officially deactivated 3d Battalion, 10th Marines and in June 2013 was transferred to School of Infantry - East, Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Geiger, NC where he is serving as the Battalion Sergeant Major.
His personal decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in lieu of second award and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.