Nevada Army And Air Guard Get 1st African American Leader

Longtime Reno Police Officer Assumes Command

Associated Press
September 09, 2019 - 9:28 am

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 32-year Nevada Air Guardsman has been appointed to lead the Nevada Army and Air Guard, becoming the first African American to hold the position in the state’s 154-year history.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Gov. Steve Sisolak appointed Brig. Gen. Ondra Berry as the state’s highest-ranking military officer on Saturday at the Nevada Air National Guard Base in Reno.

The 60-year-old Berry is a longtime Reno police officer and, most recently, a senior vice president in MGM Resorts International human resources.

Berry, who grew up in Sparks, said he wants to strengthen connections between service members, schools, civilians, nonprofits and local businesses.

Berry replaces Brig. Gen. William Burks who served under three governors.