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Carol A. Timmons

Carol A. Timmons

Major General Carol A. Timmons (January 2, 1958 - August 2, 2020) was an American military officer who served as Adjutant General of  Delaware from February 1, 2017 until her retirement on March 2, 2019.[1] She was also the first female General in Delaware National Guard history.[2][3]

Carol A. Timmons
Born(1958-01-02)January 2, 1958
Died (aged 62)
Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Delaware Air National Guard
Delaware Army National Guard
Years of service1980–2019
RankMajor General
Commands heldDelaware National Guard
Delaware Air National Guard
166th Operations Group
774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron
142d Airlift Squadron
Battles/warsGulf War
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsAir Force Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal

A native of New Castle, Delaware she graduated from William Penn High School in 1977 then enlisted in the Delaware Air National Guard becoming the first female member of the Security Police Squadron; in 1980 she graduated from the Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia. The following year, she received Army Aviator Wings after completing Rotary Wing Flight Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama and served as a UH-1 pilot with the Delaware Army National Guard. In 1985 Timmons received her Air Force pilot wings from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma then served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a C-141B pilot with the 514th Military Airlift Wing (Associate) at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. In 1993 then Captain Timmons returned to the Delaware Air Guard as a C-130H “Hercules” pilot with the 166th Airlift Wing serving progressively as an Aircraft Commander, Current Operations Officer, Assistant Chief Pilot and Assistant Operations Officer; in 2005 she assumed command of the 142d Airlift Squadron then in 2007 was elevated to Commander of the 166th Operations Group. As a Colonel she was Deputy Commander for Operations of the 166th Airlift Wing and Director of the Joint Staff for Headquarters, Delaware National Guard; promoted to Brigadier General in April 2011 she became the first female General Officer in Delaware National Guard history and subsequently served as Assistant Adjutant General for Air while also serving as Assistant to the Commander of the Air National Guard. Promoted to Major General in 2017 she was selected by Delaware Governor Jack Markell to serve as the States Adjutant General.

She served in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Joint Guard, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve. While deployed, Timmons was commander of the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Deputy Commander of the 455th Operations Group and Director of Mobility Forces, United States Air Forces Central Command. She was a member of the Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee and Chair of the Joint Diversity Executive Council as well as serving as the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Representative to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. Timmons was a Command Pilot with more than 5,200 flying hours including 400 combat hours and was awarded more than 30 decorations including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal and Air Medal.  In civilian life she served as a Captain with United Airlines flying the 757 and 767 aircraft, from 1987-91 she was a Flight Engineer with Pan American World Airways; she amassed more than 10,000 commercial flying hours.

General Timmons attended Delaware Technical Community College and received both Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Wilmington University; she was a graduate of the Air War College and CAPSTONE program at the National Defense University.  She has been inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame of Delaware Women.[4][5][6]


  1. Smith, Jerry. "Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons hands over Delaware National Guard command to Brig. Gen. Michael Berry". Delaware News Journal. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  2. "Carol Timmons, first woman to lead Delaware National Guard, dies at 62". 3 August 2020.
  3. Holveck, Brandon. "Major General Carol Timmons, Delaware's adjutant general from 2017 to 2019, died Sunday at age 62". The News Journal. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  4. Brown, Jeff. "Brig. Gen. Carol A. Timmons poised to take command". Dover Post. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  5. "Carol A. Timmons". National Guard Biography. Retrieved 2018-04-07. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. "Gen. Carol A. Timmons' life defined by historic moments". Cape Gazette. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
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