First Woman to Lead Delaware National Guard Dies at 62

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Major General Carol Timmons speaks at the Joint Force Headquarters Delaware National Guard, October 20, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/John Michaels)
Major General Carol Timmons speaks at the Joint Force Headquarters Delaware National Guard, October 20, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/John Michaels)

NEW CASTLE, Del. — Carol Timmons, the first woman to lead the Delaware National Guard, has died, Guard officials announced Monday. She was 62.

Guard officials said Timmons died Sunday. Further details were not disclosed.

Timmons led the National Guard as Delaware’s adjutant general from 2017 to 2019.

She began her military career in 1977 as an enlisted member of the Delaware Air National Guard, and was the first female air policeman for the 166h Airlift Wing. She later transferred to the Army National Guard and earned her commission in 1980, followed by her Army and Air Force pilot wings.

She accrued more than 5,000 flight hours in C-130 and C-141 military cargo planes and the UH-1 “Huey” helicopter, including more than 400 combat flight hours.

Timmons was a veteran of seven deployments, including Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

“General Timmons was a pioneer as a helicopter pilot and the first female Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard. She was the epitome of a public servant,” Gov. John Carney said in a prepared statement.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

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