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Deputy Commander

Brigadier General Berry L. McCormick

Brigadier General McCormick is the Deputy Commander, NATO Mission Iraq, Baghdad. NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) brings together military and civilian personnel from across the alliance with expertise in security sector reform, institution building, training, and professional military education. The mission works with the Ministry of Defense, Office of the National Security Advisor, and the Prime Minister's National Operations Center. NMI's primary mission is to train and advise senior Ministry of Defense leaders on techniques to establish an enduring national security strategy, national military strategy, and repeatable defense planning and programming processes supporting the Iraqi Security Force organizations.

Brigadier General McCormick enlisted in the Mississippi Air National Guard (MS ANG) in 1988 as a Search Scope Operator with the 255th Tactical Control Squadron, Gulfport, Miss. After graduating from Mississippi State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he was commissioned through the Academy of Military Science, McGhee-Tyson ANG Base, Tenn. and graduated from Weapons Director Training at Tyndall AFB, Fla. in 1993. He has served 32 years with the MS ANG in a multitude of capacities including Weapons Director, Air Surveillance Officer Instructor/Evaluator, Civil Engineer, A-Staff Director, and Squadron Commander. His command experience includes tours as both Civil Engineer Squadron and Air Control Squadron Commander. He has deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Southern Watch, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and the United Arab Emirates for Air Defense of the Arabian Gulf. Prior to his current position, he was the Commander of Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center.


1992   Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss.

2001   Squadron Officers School, by correspondence

2004   Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2006   Air Force Civil Engineer Basic Course, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

2011   Air Force Forces Intermediate Staff Course, Meridian NAS, Miss.

2012   Air War College, by correspondence

2014   Air National Guard Commander Development Course, Joint Base Andrews, Md.

2018   Master of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Penn.


1.   April 1988 – January 1993, Search Scope Operator, 255th Tactical Control Squadron, Gulfport, Miss.

2.   January 1993 – February 1993, Student, Academy of Military Science, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn.

3.   February 1993 – June 1993, Weapons Director Trainee, 255th Air Control Squadron, Gulfport, Miss.

4.   June 1993 – December 1993, Student, Weapons Director School, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

5.   December 1993 – June 1999, Weapons Director, 255th Air Control Squadron, Gulfport, Miss.

6.   June 1999 – June 2005, Air Surveillance Officer, 255th Air Control Squadron, Gulfport, Miss. (June – December 1999, Air Surveillance Officer, 9th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait)

7.   June 05 – November 2010, Commander, 209th Civil Engineer Squadron, Gulfport, Miss. (August 2008 – February 2009, Deputy Commander, Salerno Facility Engineer Team, Afghanistan)

8.   November 2010 – June 2012, A7 Director, 253rd Air Support Squadron, Meridian, Miss.

9.   June 2012 – September 2014, Commander, 255th Air Control Squadron, Gulfport, Miss. (May – November 2013, Commander, 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates)

10.  September 2014 – July 2019, Director of Support, Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Gulfport, Miss.

11.  July 2019 – December 2022, Commander, Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Gulfport, Miss.

12.  December 2022 – Present, Deputy Commander, NATO Mission Iraq, Baghdad


Bronze Star Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Army Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster


2018 Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Army War College


Second Lieutenant, February 11, 1993

First Lieutenant, March 4, 1995

Captain, November 1, 1997

Major, February 14, 2002

Lieutenant Colonel, February 14, 2006

Colonel, August 6, 2019

Brigadier General, December 20, 2022

(Current as of December 2022)

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