Brig. Gen. Ondra Berry is the Nevada Air Guard’s assistant adjutant general. He is the principal advisor to the adjutant general on all matters pertaining to the Nevada Air National Guard. Berry received his general’s stars from Gov. Brian Sandoval during a ceremony at the Nevada Capitol on Nov. 12, 2013.
Berry enlisted in the Nevada Air Guard in September 1986. While assigned to the 152nd Airlift Wing as an administration specialist, he earned the “Airman of the Year” award for the Nevada Air Guard and subsequently was selected as one of the Air Force’s “Twelve Outstanding Airmen.” He was commissioned a second lieutenant upon his graduation from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1990.
During his career, Berry has served the Nevada Air Guard in various leadership positions including a stint as commander of the 152nd Mission Support flight from 2001-2008. He then served at the National Guard Bureau as the Director of the Office of Cultural Transformation.
During his most recent assignment as the Special Assistant to the Chief National Guard Bureau, he advised the National Guard’s senior leader on all diversity matters from November 2011 to October 2013.
Berry is also a Reno Police Department veteran who was serving as the Assistant to the Police Chief when he retired after 25 years of service. Currently he is the Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion for MGM Resorts International.
His civilian education includes a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in public administration. His military education includes his graduation from the Air War College.
Berry military awards include: the Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters); the Air Force Commendation Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster); the Air Force Achievement Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters); the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award (with one Oak Leaf Cluster); and the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters).