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Order of Nevada presented to Air National Guardsmen

Seven members of the Nevada Air National Guard received the Order of Nevada on August 17th at the Nevada Air National Guard base here in Reno. The Order is awarded for exceptional meritorious service of 25 years to the United States military. Of this service, 20 years must be in the Nevada National Guard. Order recepients (left to right): Chief Master Sgt. Evelyn Anderson, Chief Master Sgt. James Warner, Col. Mitch Sperling, Chief Master Sgt. Michael Drisdale, Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Martini, Col. John Week and Brig. Gen. Ondra Berry. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Melinda Mier, 152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs. RELEASED.)

Seven members of the Nevada Air National Guard received the Order of Nevada on August 17th at the Nevada Air National Guard base here in Reno. The Order is awarded for exceptional meritorious service of 25 years to the United States military. Of this service, 20 years must be in the Nevada National Guard. Order recepients (left to right): Chief Master Sgt. Evelyn Anderson, Chief Master Sgt. James Warner, Col. Mitch Sperling, Chief Master Sgt. Michael Drisdale, Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Martini, Col. John Week and Brig. Gen. Ondra Berry. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Melinda Mier, 152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs. RELEASED.)

RENO -- On August 17th, seven members of the Nevada Air National Guard received the Order of Nevada at the Air National Guard base here in Reno. The recipients were: Brig. Gen. Ondra Berry, Cols. Mitch Sperling, and John Week, Chief Master Sgts. Evelyn Anderson, Joseph Martini, James Warner and Michael Drisdale.

Per Nevada Air National Guard Instruction #36-2803, the Order of Nevada is awarded for "Exceptional meritorious service of 25 years to the United States military. Of this service, 20 years must be in the Nevada National Guard." The regulation also mentioned that this service must be of great responsibility, while serving in any capacity, must be clearly exceptional and be accomplished with great distinction.

All of the Order recipients met the time in service requirement and have served meritoriously. However, the nature of their service, and their individual accomplishments, varied. Some highlights are listed below.

Berry was acknowledged for his work as an Education Officer, Mission Support Flight Commander, achieving zero errors during activation of personnel in response to the 9/11 tragedy and his work with the Air National Guard Diversity program.

Sperling's Order was due, in part, to his work with the Safety program, his time as a pilot and his work with the Nevada Military Department Human Resource Office.

Week received his award for his innovative changes and improvement of supply and maintenance processes, as well as his determination and resourcefulness.

Anderson's significant contributions to the Nevada Military Department throughout her career were the reasons she received the Order. With her refined processes, she ensured members of Nevada's Joint Force Headquarters received optimal service.

Martini was acknowledged for his initiative and untiring efforts as a production control supervisor with the Maintenance group, as well as his flawless performance as non-commissioned officer in charge of the largest deployment contingency of the Nevada Air National Guard's history.

Warner received his Order for setting the standard of the Nevada Air National Guard as the number one Tactical Reconnaissance Group within the RF-4C community. He was also instrumental in redefining the isochronal process for the 152nd Maintenance Group.

Drisdale, the final Order recipient, received his for leading the Quality Assurance office to achieving, a first in the history of the 152nd Airlift Wing, a 100% in their Logistics Compliance Assessment Inspection.

The Order of Nevada is named for former Nevada Adjutant General Maj. Gen. (ret.) Drennan A. Clark, who was Nevada's Adjutant General from 1986-2000.