Esmeralda retires after 36 years

Lisa Esmeralda poses with her retirement flag after a ceremony Dec. 28, 2020 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in Ridgecrest, California, marking 36 years of federal service.

Esmeralda grew up in Corona, California, and moved to Ridgecrest with her family in 1971. She graduated from Burroughs High School in 1973, after which she started a family and a career at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

In 1984, she entered federal service at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division as a When Actually Employed (WAE) employee. Her career as a WAE included working as a fill-in office manager. In January of 1985, Esmeralda moved to the Branch Medical Clinic as a receptionist, where she worked until May 1988 when she became the branch office manager for Systems Analysis. In May 1995, Esmeralda transferred to the Environmental Division as a division office manager, where she helped with the Coso Rock Art Dedication Ceremony. In January 2016, she moved over to the Applied Manufacturing Division’s Support Services Group as a program analyst.

Now that she is retired, Esmeralda says that she looking forward to spending time with her family and grandchildren as well as traveling.

Story First Published: 2021-02-19