Born in Santa Clara, California, Master Chief Nancy Estrada graduated from Trevor G. Browne High School in Phoenix, Arizona in 1989. She enlisted in the United States Navy and reported for recruit training in Orlando, Florida in 1990.
Master Chief Estrada completed Aviation Electronics Technician ‘A’ School and Advanced First Term Avionics in Millington, Tennessee before reporting to Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy as a Third Class Petty Officer.
Subsequent tours of duty brought her to VP-47 in Barbers Point, Hawaii maintaining P-3 aircraft, and then to NAMTRAGRUDET Whidbey Island for Instructor duty where she qualified as a Master Training Specialist. Her next tour was with HC-4 in Sigonella maintaining MH-53E helicopters as the Line Division Leading Petty Officer. She earned her Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist qualification and was selected as Sailor of the Year and subsequently as Chief Petty Officer.
Accepting orders as a Recruit Division Commander for Midshipman Candidates selected for the Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine Academy, Master Chief Estrada reported to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. While there, she served as a Departmental LCPO and was selected as the Navy League Newport Area Senior Enlisted Leader of the Year for her vast contributions to community service, leadership within the base CPOA, and command achievements while assigned to NAPS.
Selected for the Pre-Commissioning Unit for the USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN-77) she qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. After being advanced to Senior Chief, Master Chief Estrada led a detachment of 72 Sailors from six departments on an eight month Western Pacific Deployment with the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), and concurrently lead more than 75 USS NIMITZ Sailors in AIMD.
Her next tour took her to Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk as the QAO and Av/Arm Division LCPO. She was selected into the Command Senior Chief program and served as the Command Senior Chief of the USS CONSTITUTION in Boston, MA. Master Chief Estrada went on to serve as the Command Master Chief for HM-14, in Norfolk, VA.
Master Chief Estrada is currently serving as Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella’s Command Master Chief. Along with multiple unit and campaign awards, Master Chief Estrada’s personal awards include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (9 awards), and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. She is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 131 Blue) and the Command Leadership School.