Kingsburg native embarks on naval medical journey

Petty Officer 3rd Class Marcus Estrada shares his path from Kingsburg to Navy service at NMRLC DET, NORA Yorktown

(Navy Office of Community Outreach)
(Navy Office of Community Outreach)
Ashley Craig
Published April 19, 2024  • 
11:00 am

KINGSBURG – Petty Officer 3rd Class Marcus Estrada, a native of Kingsburg, has found himself stationed at Naval Medical Readiness Logistics Command Detachment (NMRLC DET), Naval Ophthalmic Readiness Activity (NORA) Yorktown, Virginia. 

Estrada, a 2020 graduate of Kingsburg High School, first embarked on his Navy journey two years ago.

“After high school, I was drawn to the medical field. I pursued an EMT class in college but yearned for more hands-on medical experience,” Estrada said. “Joining the Navy as a corpsman seemed like the perfect opportunity to fulfill that desire.”

Echoing the values instilled in him from his hometown, Estrada emphasizes reliability and dependability. “One of the key lessons I’ve carried from Kingsburg is being someone people can rely on,” he added.

Today, Estrada serves as a hospital corpsman, extending outpatient medical care to active-duty military personnel, military retirees and their families. 

“Contributing to the well-being of U.S. military personnel is deeply fulfilling. Providing eyewear to service members worldwide is just one example,” he said.

NMRLC oversees the procurement, production and management of rapidly deployable Expeditionary Medical (EXMED) Platforms, pivotal in supporting operational plans and real-world missions. At the forefront of Navy Medicine’s strategic evolution, NMRLC furnishes agile capabilities to the Fleet and Fleet Marine Forces, ensuring medical readiness in Distributed Maritime Operations.

Admiral Lisa Franchetti, chief of naval operations, underscores the Navy’s commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse talent to bolster national security and prosperity. 

“We are dedicated to earning the trust of the American people daily, delivering the Navy our nation requires,” Franchetti said.

Estrada embraces the myriad opportunities for personal and professional growth within the military. 

“I take immense pride in aiding thousands of individuals daily, even if I never meet them,” he said. Scheduled for a humanitarian mission to Alaska in May, Estrada eagerly anticipates making a difference in communities in need.

NORA, an integral component of NMRLC, deploys personnel with mobile optical fabrication capabilities to support National Guard and U.S. Navy Reserve missions. Through Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) missions, NORA furnishes eyewear not only to military personnel but also to various indigenous populations worldwide.

“Serving in the Navy has been transformative for me. It has provided invaluable opportunities for growth and equipped me with skills crucial for life,” Estrada concluded.

Ashley Craig
Navy Office of Community Outreach