African American takes the lead of the Nevada National Guard for the first time

Elizabeth Howe
September 10, 2019 - 2:38 pm
Brig. Gen. Ondra Berry

Nevada National Guard

On Sept. 17, Brig. Gen. Ondra Berry took command as the 30th adjutant general of the Nevada National Guard — making him the first African American in the state's 154-year history to do so.

Brig. Gen. William Burks relinquished his command to Berry during a ceremony at the Nevada Air National Guard Base. In this role, Berry is responsible for developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans affecting more than 1,100 Nevada Air National Guard personnel, and the Nevada Air National Guard's C-130, MQ-1/9 and Distributed Common Ground Station weapons systems.

Berry has been serving in the Nevada National Guard for 32 years. He earned his commission through the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science in 1990 and has served in roles in Nevada, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. since then.

In the civilian world, Berry is a long-time Reno police officer and currently works as a senior vice president in MGM Resorts International human resources.

Congratulations, general!

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