Berry becomes first African-American Brigadier General

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Updated: 11/15/2013 6:52 pm
(Reno, NV--KRNV)   A promotion within the Nevada Air National Guard is making history.  Today the first African-American was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.  Ondra Berry is a familiar face in Reno.  He is a former Reno Police Department veteran who was serving as the Assistant to the Police Chief when he retired after 25 years of service.  

He is known as a champion of leadership, diversity and organizational change.  Today with this promotion to Brigadier General, he is living up to his legacy and fulfilling his dream.  Berry said, "Yes, wow, I never imagined this but I never stopped dreaming.  I just don't.   I believe you have to ensure something better for yourself every day and I just do and I will not stop that."
Berry is known for his tenacity and the ceremony marking his promotion is demonstration of his success.   He was flanked by his family.  A crowd of dignitaries were on hand for the ceremony as he was officially promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.  Those attending ranged from high ranking officials from northern Nevada to retired law enforcement officers, to clergy and military from the Pentagon.

As for making history Berry said; "I heard this a long time ago, It's one thing to make history, but it's another thing to make sense.  I'm not here just to make history, I'm here to make sense. 
Berry joined the guard in 1986 and through the years he has held a number of positions and received numerous recognitions from the Guard as well as the community.
His new duties will include education and training.  He will also serve as the Special Assistant to the Chief of the National Guard's Bureau on Diversity, which is his life-long passion.

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alengleman2 - 11/17/2013 1:23 AM
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Where's that "I have a Dream" Speech Now. I have a Dream that someday a Man will be judged not by the Color of his skin, but by the competancy of his actions as defined by the Morality of his Character. You're comparing him to a White man, but giving Kudos for being the first Black man blah blah blah, is a put down to the General. When was the first White Man promoted to Brigadier General? That's maybe B/S too, as not all Africans are Black, some are White People, but still they are African Americans. Better check your list again, perhaps look for one with Algerian French ancestry. African American is not a Race of Humans. Aren't you just amazed that a Negro, which means a Black, is only as Good as the standard put forth by Whites before him. Like Obama and all of the Affirmative Action and other entitlements he received, just so he could achieve parity with whites. Malcolm X called these type of Blacks "House Nagroes". A Naygger, from naggerdly, or like or disposed like an old woman, Nagging and pointing out others faults, snitching, so the Black that worked in the House not the Fields was a House Naggard, someone Black more worried about the Massa's condition now, and they acted like a bunch of old women described above, so a House Negroe to basterdizing Naygger, into the N-Word. See one thinks "Whats wrong with Black men that it took one of "THEM" so long to make Brigadier"? Good Job General Ondra Berry, regardless and in spite of your obvious African Negro-American disability.

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