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Brig. Gen. Ondra Berry Takes Command of Nevada National Guard


Brig. Gen. Ondra Berry, center, receives command of the Nevada National Guard from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, left. Berry replaced Brig. Gen. William Burks, right, who had served as the adjutant general since 2009.

Submitted by Emerson Marcus, Nevada National Guard

Big. Gen. Ondra Berry, former assistant adjutant general and 32-year veteran of the Nevada Air National Guard, assumed the role of adjutant general today during a ceremony at the Nevada Air National Guard Base in Reno.

“Brig. Gen. Berry has served the state of Nevada and his country with distinction as a member and leader of the Nevada National Guard,” said Governor Steve Sisolak.

Also in attendance were U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, Sparks Mayor Ron Smith and Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam.

Berry replaced Brig. Gen. William Burks, who had served aNevada’s adjutantnt general, the state’s highest ranking military officer, since 2009.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected to lead such a fine organization,” Berry said. “I live by the motto that, ‘to whom much is given, much will be required,’ and I am ready to deliver.”

Berry, 60, of Sparks, enlisted in the Nevada Air National Guard in 1986. In 2001, he took command of the 152nd Mission Support Flight. He was named the assistant adjutant general, Nevada Air National Guard, in 2015.

He is the first African American to become adjutant general in Nevada.

Berry also served 25 years with the Reno Police Department.

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