Delaware National Guard gets new leader [photos]

After nearly 40 years in the Guard, Brig. Gen. Carol Timmons is now Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard.


Timmons was officially promoted to Maj. Gen. and took command of the Delaware National Guard in a ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Timmons becomes Delaware’s first female two-star general and the first female Adjutant General. In that role, she is the chief military adviser to Governor John Carney and is responsible for making sure the Delaware Guard is trained, equipped and ready to respond to both state emergencies and federal mobilization requirements.

Timmons joined the Delaware National Guard in 1977 as a law enforcement apprentice with the 166th Security Forces Squadron. Since then, she’s served as a helicopter pilot in the Army National Guard, a C-141 pilot in the Air Force Reserve and a C-130 pilot in the Air National Guard. She is a veteran of numerous combat operations overseas and is a member of both the Delaware women’s and Aviation Halls of Fame.

She takes over for Maj. Gen. Francis Vavala, who was the longest currently serving Adjutant General in the country. He had been leader of the Delaware Guard since 1999. Vavala retires after 50 years of military service. 

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