General Officer Biography



BRIGADIER GENERAL ONDRA L. BERRY

 
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Brig. Gen. Ondra L. Berry serves as The Adjutant General, for the State of Nevada.  As Adjutant General, he is the senior uniformed Nevada National Guard officer responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans affecting more than 3,500 Nevada Army and Air National Guard personnel. Appointed by the Governor, State of Nevada, General Berry serves as the Governor's principal adviser on all National Guard issues, is responsible for both the federal and state missions of the Nevada National Guard, and serves as the official channel of communication with the National Guard Bureau, Department of the Army, and Department of the Air Force.

Prior to his current position, Gen. Berry was the Assistant Adjutant General – Air, Nevada National Guard and also served as the Assistant to the Director of National Guard Bureau A-1, service component level personnel director for over 107,000 ANG members. He manages 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. This life cycle includes the force management, formal training allocation, database and systems administration, modification and analysis, services, manpower and organization, and policy formulation and implementation. Brig. Gen. Berry received his commission from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science in 1990.


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 - August 2019, Assistant Adjutant General, Carson City, NV; dual-hatted, May 2018 - August 2019, 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
11. September 2019 - Present, The Adjutant General, Nevada, Joint Force Headquarters - Nevada, Carson City, Nev.

MAJOR 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
National Defense Service Medal with bronze Service Star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with six 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 & Employee Engagement for MGM Resorts International. Responsible for setting the tone with leaders across the organization while acting as a champion for the linkage between leadership behaviors, engagement, and business results. Additionally, accountable for driving the execution of organizational culture and engagement initiatives to reinforce, coach, and sustain the key leadership behaviors that link business results with culture, employee engagement, and guest satisfaction.

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
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, Reno, Nev.
2007 Commander's Excellence Award, 152d Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard, Reno, Nev.
2008 National Guard Diversity Award, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
2010 Alumni of the Year with Special Recognition, University of Evansville, Ind.
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
2018 Harrison High School, Hall of Fame, Evansville, Ind.

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 8, 1990
First Lieutenant June 18, 1993
Captain June 21, 1995
Major June 21, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 4, 2004
Colonel Feb. 27, 2009
Brigadier General Oct. 16, 2013

 

 

(Current as of November 2019)

 

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