(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.