Jan 09 2012
Delaware Air National Guard installs its first female commander.
WILMINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) congratulated Brig. Gen. Carol Timmons on becoming Delaware Air National Guard's first female commander. In a ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, Timmons became the new assistant adjutant general, succeeding Brig. Gen. J. Wayne Merritt, who retired after 43 years of service.
"As a 23-year veteran of the military, as well as the former Commander in Chief of Delaware's National Guard, I believe Brig. Gen. Timmons is an outstanding choice to lead Delaware's Air National Guard," said Sen. Carper. "She brings with her an outstanding work ethic and strong leadership qualities which I have come to know through conversations with her and through her work on my service academy interview team. I am proud that Brig. Gen. Timmons has been chosen to lead the exceptional men and women of the Delaware Air National Guard, who not only work their day jobs, but additionally shoulder the duty to protect all Americans in their service to their state and their country. I thank them and Brig. Gen. Timmons for performing with professionalism and precision to keep our nation safe and secure."
Sen. Carper has been a long-time supporter of the National Guard. Last November, Sens. Carper and Sen. Chris Coons (both D-Del.) co-sponsored legislation that would give the Chief of the National Guard Bureau a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and give the Guard a stronger voice in military planning. The measure was included in the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that the President signed into law last month.