General Officer Biography


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Major General Mark H. Berry assumed duties as The Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard on January 13, 2015 until August 23, 2019.  He was a member of the Governor's Cabinet and was responsible for commanding the Arkansas Air and Army National Guard, with nearly 10,000 Airmen, Soldiers and state employees.  As Adjutant General, General Berry was responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the readiness, fiscal, personnel, equipment, and real property resources of the Military Department, and ensures the training readiness of all personnel to accomplish both state and federal missions.

General Berry enlisted in the Air Force in August 1974 and completed Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.  He subsequently began technical training as an Air Traffic Controller at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi.  In April 1985, General Berry attended Officer Training School at Medina Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas with follow on training as an Air Traffic Control Officer.  He separated from active duty in September 1992 and joined the Arkansas Air National Guard as a Public Affairs Officer.  While assigned to the 188th Fighter Wing he served as Communications Flight Commander, Mission Support Group Commander and Maintenance Group Commander.  General Berry served as Vice Chairman, Air National Guard A-10 Aircraft Maintenance Council and President of the National Guard Association of Arkansas.  In May 2012, General Berry was assigned as the A-4 Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard, Arlington, Virginia.

1983 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Bachelor of Aeronautics, Daytona Beach, Florida
1984 Golden Gate University, Master of Public Administration, San Francisco, California
1989 Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2001 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2004 Air War College, Air Reserve Component Seminar, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2013 Senior Leader Orientation Course (SLOC), Joint Base Andrews, Md.
2015 General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

1. July 1985 - October 1985, Student, Air Traffic Control Officer Upgrade Training, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
2. October 1985 - March 1988, Chief, Air Traffic Control Operations Officer, 2110th Communications Squadron, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma
3. March 1988 - October 1988, Deputy Chief, Air Traffic Control Operations, 2146th Communications Group, Osan Air Base, Korea
4. October 1988 - September 1992, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
5. September 1992 - September 1996, Public Affairs Officer, 188th Fighter Group, Fort Smith, Arkansas
6. September 1996 - August 2001, Commander, 188th Communications Flight, Fort Smith, Arkansas
7. August 2001 - August 2002, Commander, 188th Logistics Group, Fort Smith, Arkansas
8. August 2002 - April 2012, Commander, 188th Maintenance Group, Fort Smith, Arkansas
9. May 2012 - January 2015, A-4 Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard, Arlington, Virginia
10. January 2015 - August 2019, The Adjutant General, Arkansas, North Little Rock, AR

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal (with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Good Conduct Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Iraq Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (with Gold Border and 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Longevity Ribbon (with 1 Silver and 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass, M Device and Numeral 4)
Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education Ribbon
Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Arkansas Service Ribbon (with 4 Bronze Diamonds)
Arkansas Federal Service Ribbon (with 4 Bronze Diamonds)
Arkansas Emergency Services Ribbon (with 1 Bronze Diamond)

National Guard Association of the United States - Life Member
National Guard Association of Arkansas- Life Member
Military Officers Association of America

Second Lieutenant July 3, 1985
First Lieutenant July 3, 1987
Captain July 3, 1989
Major Sept. 11, 1994
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 13, 2001
Colonel April 27, 2006
Brigadier General May 17, 2012
Major General June 28, 2018



(Current as of November 2019)


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