Carson City, NV - August 19, 2019
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of Brigadier General Ondra L. Berry as the Adjutant General for the State of Nevada.
“Brigadier General Berry has served the State of Nevada and his country with distinction for over 30 years as a member and leader of the Nevada Air National Guard,” Governor Sisolak said. “Beyond his exemplary military experience, Brig. Gen. Berry’s diverse background in senior leadership roles in local law enforcement and business gives him an invaluable perspective on the qualities and skills necessary to succeed at the highest levels.”
Brig. Gen. Berry previously served as the Assistant Adjutant General for the Nevada Air National Guard (NVANG) since 2015 as well as the Assistant to the Director of A1 NGB, HAF A1 since last year. In the former role, he was the principal advisor on all NVANG issues related to federal and state missions and was responsible for developing and coordinating all policies, programs, and plans affecting more than 1,100 NVANG personnel, and the NVANG’s C-130/MAFF, MQ-1/9, and Distributed Ground Station weapons systems. Additionally, he served as the official channel of communication with the National Guard Bureau and the U.S. Department of the Air Force. In the latter role, he served as the service component level personnel director for over 107,000 Air National Guard (ANG) members, including managing the component Headquarters, Numbered Air Force, and Major Command level support in formulation and coordination of policy and execution of manpower, personnel, services, and training programs of the entire personnel life cycle.
Prior to becoming the NVANG Assistant Adjutant, Brig. Gen. Berry served as Chief of Staff of the NVANG, Assistant Adjutant General for the NVANG (2013-2015), and Special Assistant to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau based in Arlington, VA. He worked jointly at the national level with General Frank Grass, the first four-star General in the Army National Guard. During his time working for General Grass, Brig. Gen. Berry gained exposure to a wide range of challenges that the Army National Guard (ANG) faces, including multiple deployments, critical incidents working with the legislature, strategic alignment with the Secretary of the Army and Air Force, and partnering with local, state, and national congressional delegations. Brig. Gen. Berry also served as the Director of the Office of Cultural Transformation at the National Guard Bureau, Commander of the 152nd Mission Support Flight for the NVANG, as well as HQ Personnel Officer, State Social Actions Officer, and Officer in Charge of Education and Training (152nd Mission Support Squadron), for the NVANG.
Brig. Gen. Berry also served in numerous civilian leadership roles in business and law enforcement. Most recently, from 2017 to 2019, he was Senior Vice President for Organizational Culture and Employee Engagement at MGM Resorts International. He also served as Senior Vice President for the following roles: Talent Management & Organizational Performance; Talent & Performance; and Diversity and Inclusion. Brig. Gen. Berry’s public service career started in law enforcement where he worked his way up from police officer to Assistant Chief of Police from 1980 to 2005.
Brig Gen. Berry has received numerous military and civilian awards, including the Defense Meritorious Medal, Airman of the Year for the ANG, Commanders Excellence Award for the NVANG, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, Officer of the Year at the Reno Police Department, and the NAACP Community Award (Las Vegas Chapter).
Brig Gen. Berry grew up in Evansville, IN and received his B.A. from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. He also has completed the U.S. Air Force Command and Staff College and Air War College. Brig. Gen. Berry lives in Sparks, NV with his wife, Margo, and has three children and three grandchildren.