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1st African American adjutant general of NV National Guard

Posted at 10:29 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 06:39:38-04

RENO (AP) — A 32-year veteran of the Nevada Air National Guard who worked as assistant Reno police chief and a casino executive has been named the Nevada National Guard's first African American adjutant general in its 154-year history.

Gov. Steve Sisloak announced 60-year-old Ondra Berry's appointment on Monday.

He says Berry's exemplary military experience combined with his background in senior leadership roles in law enforcement and business gives him an invaluable perspective on the qualities and skills necessary for the job.

Berry of Sparks served 25 years as a Reno police officer. He retired as assistant chief in 2005 and became senior vice president for diversity and inclusion at MGM Resorts. He's been the Nevada Air Guard's assistant adjutant general since 2015.

Berry says he's honored and humbled to be selected to replace retiring Brig. Gen. William Burks effective Sept. 1.