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  • Q&A with Brig. Gen. Carol A. Timmons, Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce Hometown Hero

  • The first female general officer in the history of the Delaware National Guard, Timmons is one of four Hometown Heroes who will be honored March 6 at the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth-Annual Meet the Pros and Taste of MOT Spring Expo, along with volunteer organizer Carla Briccotto, business owner Dean Hatton and Townsend Fire Company firefighter Brian Eide.
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    • MORE ABOUT TIMMONS
      AGE 56

      HOMETOWN New Castle

      FAMILY Brother, Jeff; sister-in-law, Lisa; nieces Bethany and Katie

      EDUCATION William Penn High S...
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      MORE ABOUT TIMMONS
      AGE 56
      HOMETOWN New Castle
      FAMILY Brother, Jeff; sister-in-law, Lisa; nieces Bethany and Katie
      EDUCATION William Penn High School, Class of 1976; associate degree in criminal justice from Delaware Technical and Community College, 1979; bachelor’s degree in business administration/aviation management from Wilmington College, 1984; master’s degree in public administration from Wilmington University, 2013
      CAREER Enlisted in Delaware National Guard, 1977; honor graduate from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., 1980; Section Leader/Helicopter Pilot, Delaware Army National Guard, 1980 to 1984; Transport Pilot at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, 1988 to 1991; Pilot and Aircraft Commander, New Castle ANGB, 1991 to 2001; Commander 142nd Airlift Squadron and 166th Operations Group, New Castle ANGB, 2005 to 2009; Assistant Adjutant General, Delaware Air National Guard, 2011 to present
      FAVORITE MOVIE/BOOK “Hunt for Red October”
      HOBBIES Cooking, working out, walking, biking
  • The first female general officer in the history of the Delaware National Guard, Timmons is one of four Hometown Heroes who will be honored March 6 at the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth-Annual Meet the Pros and Taste of MOT Spring Expo, along with volunteer organizer Carla Briccotto, business owner Dean Hatton and Townsend Fire Company firefighter Brian Eide.
    Q What’s it like to be named a Hometown Hero by the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce?
    A It’s a great honor. When I found out about it, I was floored. I think it’s really a great thing the chamber is doing for the community and for the Delaware National Guard because we are the community.
    Q As an assistant adjutant general you’re basically in charge of everything with wings in the Delaware Air National Guard. What’s that job like?
    A It requires a lot of planning and budgeting to provide aircraft that are ready to fly and crews that are ready to deploy in support of national missions and state emergencies. But it’s great to be able to serve your country while also serving your local community.
    Q You’ve broken new ground for women throughout your military career, earning you a place in the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame, as well as induction into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame. What’s it like to be a role model to girls?
    A I think it’s critical to have examples of diversity at all levels, but for a while I was uncomfortable with being in the spotlight all the time. Breaking into an all-male environment is daunting and everyone is watching you, so if you do make a mistake, it gets magnified. But now, I feel it’s really important to get out and talk to young women to show them that with hard work and dedication, they can also become a colonel or general. I love talking to young airmen and telling them how I sat where they are now and got where I am today by trying to be the best I could be at that particular moment.
    Q What advice do you have for other people who would like to make a difference in their community?
    A Find something you’re truly passionate about because you should really enjoy it if you’re going to spend a lot of time doing it. It’s also important to try and find a good balance in your life. None of us get paid so well that we should neglect our home life. Otherwise, you’ll end up with an unhappy spouse or unhappy child, and that will ultimately make you unhappy, which then creeps into the other part of your life.

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