General Officer Biography



Brigadier General Ondra L. Berry

 
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Brig. Gen. Ondra L. Berry serves as Assistant Adjutant General, Nevada Air National Guard. He is responsible for developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans affecting more than 1,100 Nevada Air National Guard personnel, and the Nevada Air National Guard's C-130, MQ-1/9 and Distributed Common Ground Station weapons systems. Appointed by the Nevada Adjutant General, Berry serves as the principal advisor on all Nevada Air National Guard issues, responsible for federal and state missions. Additionally, he serves as the official channel of communication with the National Guard Bureau and U.S. Department of the Air Force.

General Berry earned his commission from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science in 1990. General Berry's most recent and current federal dual assignment is Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, providing oversight and input concerning laws, regulations and policy of the Human Capital portfolio to ensure mission success. In this role, General Berry assists in areas of diversity, force development, force management, total force and Airman and Family Readiness. He has had a significant impact on diversity and inclusion in the Nevada Air National Guard, implementing the National Guard Bureau's message of diversity, education and opportunity around the country. General Berry's energy and expertise in this field enhanced his abilities as a driving force in the National Guard, where he routinely sets the stage for increased diversity and opportunities for all members of the armed forces.


EDUCATION
1986 Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Evansville, Ind.
1996 Master of Public Administration in Political Science, Reno, Nev.
1999 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
2004 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2008 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (AJPME), by correspondence
2008 Air War College, by correspondence
2014 Senior Leader Orientation Course
2018 National Security Studies Management Course (NSSMC), Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. December 1990 - April 1991, Officer in Charge, Personnel Utilization, 152nd Mission Support Squadron, Reno, Nev.
2. April 1991 - October 1994, Officer in Charge, Education and Training, 152nd Mission Support Squadron, Reno, Nev.
3. October 1994 - February 1997, State Social Actions Officer, Headquarters, Nevada Air National Guard, Carson City, Nev.
4. February 1997 - March 2001, Personnel Officer, Headquarters, Nevada Air National Guard, Carson City, Nev.
5. March 2001 - October 2008, Commander, 152nd Mission Support Fight, Nevada Air National Guard, Reno, Nev.
6. November 2008 - June 2012, Director, Office of Cultural Transformation, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
7. June 2012 - August 2013, Special Assistant to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
8. August 2013 - March 2015, Assistant Adjutant General, Carson City, Nev.
9. March 2015 - September 2015, Chief of Staff, Carson City, Nev.; dual-hatted, May 2014 - April 2015, Special Assistant to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
10. October 2015 - Present, Assistant Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters, Carson City, Nev.; dual-hatted, May 2018 - Present, ANG Assistant to the Director, A-1, National Guard Bureau, Joint Base Andrews, Md.; dual-hatted, May 2015 - April 2018, Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Manpower and Reserve Affairs (SAF/MR), Washington, DC

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal with bronze Service Star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold Hourglass
Air Force Training Ribbon with oak leaf cluster

CIVILIAN OCCUPATION

Senior Vice-President of Organizational Culture and Employee Engagement, MGM Resorts International



PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFLIATIONS
Vice President, No Opportunity Wasted, College Educational Development Group
Member, Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy Associates
Board Member Our Story, Historical Society.
Board Member George W. Porter Northern Nevada Chapter Tuskegee Airmen
Nevada National Guard Association

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1985 Officer of the Year, Reno Police Department
1986 Officer of the Year, Reno Police Department
1988 Airman of the Year, Nevada Air National Guard
1989 Air National Guard 12 Outstanding Airmen
1990 Alumni of the Year, Leadership Reno
1993 Gary Hayes Award, Police Executive Research Forum
1997 Presidents Medal Recipient, University of Nevada, Reno
2000 Man of the Year, Reno-Sparks Soroptimists
2007 Commander's Excellence Award, 152d Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard
2008 National Guard Diversity Award, National Guard Bureau
2010 Alumni of the Year with Special Recognition, University of Evansville
2010 Doctor Martin Luther King Commission Community Service Award, NAACP-NV
2011 "Roy Wilkins Renowned Service Award," National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
2012 The National Guard’s "Guarde Nationale" Trophy for Diversity, NGAUS
2012 Outstanding Diversity Award, NAACP
2013 Meritorious Military Service Award, NAACP
2015 Selected to be inducted into the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society Hall of Fame
2017 Selected as Reno People Project Honoree

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Dec. 11, 1982
First Lieutenant Dec. 11, 1984
Captain Dec. 11, 1986
Major Aug. 6, 1996
Lieutenant Colonel Oct. 3, 2002
Colonel June 20, 2008
Brigadier General Dec. 2, 2015

 

 

(Current as of June 2018)

 

The date of publication indicated on this biography reflects the most recent update. It does not necessarily reflect the date of printing.

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