Rutledge for Governor Announces Former Adjutant General Mark H. Berry as Campaign Chairman

April 20, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – The Rutledge for Governor campaign today announced the former Adjutant General, Lieutenant General (AR), (Retired) Mark H. Berry will be the Campaign Chairman for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s bid for Governor. General Berry retired in 2019 and now serves in the Arkansas Legislature as State Representative for District 82. The campaign continues to showcase Attorney General Rutledge’s executive leadership experience defending Americans’ constitutional freedoms while expanding relationships throughout the state and highlighting how Rutledge is the only candidate ready to govern on day one as the Governor of Arkansas. 
“I am humbled retired General Berry, who has served our state and country with honor and distinction over his 45-year military career, will serve as the Chairman for my campaign to be the next Governor of Arkansas.  Throughout his career, General Berry has fought and led others tirelessly to defend our freedoms as Americans, and those same freedoms are at risk today. As a State, we must do everything we can to protect our freedoms, defend the Constitution and support our veterans, active-duty military and law enforcement.  General Berry is not one to sit idly by and watch from the sidelines, and I look forward to his insight as an advisor as well as being an aggressive surrogate across the State,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
“Over the last six and a half years, Attorney General Rutledge has successfully defended our American values and freedoms and wholeheartedly supported hundreds of thousands of veterans, active-duty military and law enforcement officers who call Arkansas home. Attorney General Rutledge is the only candidate prepared to lead and serve as our state’s chief executive on day one.  As Arkansas and America face unprecedented challenges and attacks on our constitutional rights, we must have a leader with experience making decisions and successfully executing a strategic plan to govern the 3 million plus Arkansans. Actions speak louder than words and throughout her time as the Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge has long proven that she is a leader committed to protecting Arkansans’ faith, families and freedoms. I look forward to meeting voters all across Arkansas to ensure Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is the next Governor of Arkansas.”
-Gen. Mark Berry (Ret.)
Lieutenant General (AR) Mark H. Berry was appointed Director of the Arkansas Military Department, Adjutant General and the first Commanding General of the Arkansas National Guard on January 13, 2015, by Governor Asa Hutchinson.  On July 1, 2019, he became the first Secretary of the Military Department. The General served as a member of the Governor’s cabinet responsible for commanding the Arkansas Air and Army National Guard, with nearly 9,500 Airmen, Soldiers, DOD Civilians and state employees with an annual budget of 400 million dollars. General Berry was the first Air Force General Officer to be appointed Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard in its 200-year history.  He is also the first military officer to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General by the Governor of Arkansas.  Upon his retirement, he was the highest-ranking, longest-serving military serviceman in Arkansas with 45 years of service.

General Berry served on the Executive Board and one term as President of the National Guard Association of Arkansas. He served 4 years on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas State Police Foundation where he was inducted into the Arkansas State Police Foundation Hall of Fame.  Most recently he was inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame.

The General served four combat deployments in support of Operations DECISIVE EDGE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN. He served in twelve foreign countries to include Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Djibouti, Qatar, Kenya, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Italy and Korea.  

The General’s military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal presented by Congressman Steve Womack on behalf of the President of the United States, the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Eight Air Force Commendation Medals, Air Force Achievement Medal, the Arkansas Distinguished Service Medal presented by Governor Asa Hutchinson in addition to numerous other military awards and decorations.  General Berry was also presented the Presidential Medal “MONJA BLANCA” by the President of Guatemala and Minister of Defense for his contributions to humanitarian relief missions and counter narcotic eradication efforts.