Retired Nevada Guard general and ex-Reid aide, dead at 64

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U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Herbert, Special Assistant to the Chief, National Guard Bureau for National Security Policy, poses for a command portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Sept. 6, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Monica King)

LAS VEGAS, NV (KLAS) – Retired Nevada Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Robert Herbert passed away suddenly Friday, according to the Nevada Army National Guard.

Herbert was 64 who rose through the organization’s ranks as an aviator and served as a long-time senior policy advisor for Sen. Harry Reid.  

In a statement Saturday, the Nevada National Guard, calls Herbert one of the most influential soldiers in advancing policy and initiatives in the Nevada Army and Air Guard over the past 30 years.

“Maj. Gen. Herbert was an exceptional soldier, long-time advocate for the Nevada National Guard, and dear friend,” Maj. Gen. Ondra Berry, Nevada adjutant general, said. “It’s not an exaggeration to say he was the most influential solider in advancing Nevada Army and Air National Guard policy and initiatives over the course of the past three decades.”

Herbert enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18 and had a 42-year military career that included serving as a helicopter pilot and holding senior guard leadership posts before retiring in 2018 and was renowned as a leader in the aviation community and was an expert in national transportation policy.

Herbert served as the Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Appropriations for Senator Harry Reid in Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2017. . He managed spending bills and advised the Senator on transportation, defense, Veterans, and homeland security matters.

“I and our entire Nevada National Guard family are extremely saddened to hear the news of his passing, I offer my sincere condolences to his wife Karen, their family, and everyone who came to deeply know and respect him.”

Maj. Gen. Ondra Berry, Nevada’s adjutant general

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