Gen. Timmons to be keynote speaker at Vietnam vets event

Maj. Gen. Carol A. Timmons

DOVER — Maj. Gen. Carol A. Timmons will serve as keynote speaker at Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America’s observance of Vietnam Veterans Day at 10 a.m. today at Kent County Veterans Memorial Park in Dover.

“We are honored to welcome Gen. Timmons to our annual ceremony,” said Chapter 850 President Joseph Startt Jr. “We’ve had a close relationship with the National Guard and look forward to meeting her and hearing her message.”

Gen. Timmons was sworn in as Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard on February 12, succeeding Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala. She is responsible for providing trained, equipped, and mission ready forces in support of federal mobilization requirements and state emergency operations for the Guard’s 2,700 men and women.

In 1980, General Timmons earned her commission through Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, where she was an honor graduate. In 1981, she earned her Army pilot wings from Fort Rucker, Alabama and in 1984, she was awarded her Air Force pilot wings from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Prior to earning her commission, General Timmons served in the rank of airman basic as a law enforcement apprentice for the Delaware Air National Guard’s 166th Security Forces Squadron.

She is a veteran of numerous contingencies, including Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Joint Guard, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Her deployed command experience includes 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Commander and 455th Deputy Operations Group Commander.

Gen. Timmons is a command pilot with more than 5,200 hours flying C-130H, C-141, and UH-1 aircraft. She earned her pilot wings at Fort Rucker, Alabama and Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. She is also a First Officer on the B-767-757 with United Airlines with over 10,000 hours of total flying time.

The memorial park, which is Geo-cached, is on a national register of military memorials and is home to memorials to those lost in Vietnam, Korea, and the Middle East. It also includes a Gold Star Mother and Families Memorial; a tribute to War Dogs and their handlers; a POW/MIA Chair of Honor; and features a UH 1 “Huey” helicopter on an 18-foot stand. Chapter 850 hosts three events each year at the park: Vietnam Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day. All are open to the public.

The park was financed by and is maintained through the sale of memorial bricks that can be purchased by the public. Visit www.DelawareVVA.com for information.

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