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Nevada Army And Air Guard Gets 1st African American Leader

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.

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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.


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