Governor Carney Activates Delaware National Guard

Guard activated to assist with 2021 Inauguration-related activities

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday signed Executive Order #47, activating the Delaware National Guard to assist state and local authorities with activity around the 2021 Presidential Inauguration.

Click here to read Executive Order #47.

According to the order, the Guard may take proactive or responsive action at the direction of the Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), in consultation with the Secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS).

The order is effective immediately and will expire on January 22, 2021.

“Members of the Delaware National Guard have continued to step up – time and time again – to support their communities when that support is needed most. This time is no different,” said Governor Carney. “I want to thank all of our Delaware guardsmen and guardswomen for their selfless service to our state and country.”

Click here to read Executive Order #47.


Governor Carney Authorizes Delaware National Guard Cybersecurity Squadron to Support 2020 Election

DNG to support state agencies under Executive Order #46 

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney has signed Executive Order #46, authorizing the Delaware National Guard’s 166th Cyberspace Operations Squadron to assist in 2020 election security efforts. The Squadron’s unique cybersecurity capabilities will assist in protecting Delaware’s elections infrastructure.

“Voting is our most fundamental right as Delawareans and Americans, and we will not take for granted the right to cast a vote and to have that vote counted,” said Governor Carney. “Throughout our country’s history, Americans have sacrificed to secure voting rights for our fellow citizens. We have an obligation to take additional steps to protect that right from any cyber threats. This Executive Order is a proactive measure to do just that.”

The Squadron is authorized to work with the Delaware Department of Elections and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI) in order to avoid the threat of cybersecurity attacks on Delaware’s 2020 elections, which includes: 

  • Providing advice to DTI to prevent, protect and defend against cyber incidents
  • Monitoring and analyzing risks or threats
  • Offering technical and architectural review support for best practices
  • Responding to any incidents 
  • Training and support after the election 

Click to read full text of Executive Order #46.

Under the Deputy Secretary of Defense Policy Memorandum 16-002, the Delaware National Guard may coordinate, train, advise, and assist cyber support and services. In 2018, Governor Carney approved DTI’s request for the Delaware National Guard to provide similar assistance for the 2018 Primary Election and 2018 General Election. An executive order was not issued because the Governor did not activate any National Guardsmen or women to State Active Duty.  

Governor Carney signed Executive Order #46 on October 15, 2020 and it took effect immediately; it will expire on December 31, 2020. 



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Governor Carney Plans to Nominate General Michael Berry as Next Adjutant General of Delaware National Guard

Major General Carol Timmons slated to retire in March 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney has selected Brig. Gen. Michael Berry as the next Adjutant General for the Delaware National Guard.

Adjutant General is a Cabinet position and Governor Carney’s nomination of General Berry must be confirmed by the Delaware Senate. Berry would replace current Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons. Timmons has announced her retirement, effective March 2019, when she will complete 42 years military service.

“General Timmons is a pioneer and made a significant impact during her 42 years of military service,” said Governor Carney. “She will be missed, but we wish her and her family all the best in retirement. Delaware is fortunate to have a leader of General Mike Berry’s caliber prepared to take the reins. Mike is a great fit and would continue the tradition of exceptional leadership in the Delaware National Guard.”

Berry is a combat veteran, with 30 years military service. He currently serves as the Director of the Delaware National Guard’s Joint Staff and is responsible for efforts in Domestic Operations and Military Support to Civil Authorities. Prior to serving as Director of the Joint Staff, he was assigned as the Delaware Army National Guard’s Land Component Commander. In that role, he was responsible for organizational planning, training, and support to combatant commanders. He holds a number of commands at the Brigade, Battalion and Company level, and in 2010, was the commander of the Delaware Army National Guard Embedded Training Team and lead a deployment to Bamyan, Afghanistan. During that year-long tour, he and his team were was responsible for training Afghanistan National Police and Defense Forces in the province.

Berry was a Lieutenant, and recently retired after 28 years from the Delaware State Police as Deputy Troop Commander, Delaware State Police Troop 4 in Georgetown.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware, where he earned his commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Timmons has served as Adjutant General for the Delaware National Guard since February 2017 and will retire after a combined 42 years military service in the Delaware Army National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and Delaware Air National Guard. She is a veteran of seven overseas combat deployments and has more than 400 combat flight hours. She is a pilot with more than 5,200 hours flying UH-1 “Huey” helicopters, and C-141 & C-130 aircrafts.

Prior to serving as the Adjutant General, Timmons worked full time for United Airlines.

Timmons earned her commission in 1980 at Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia, where she graduated with honors. She received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Delaware Technical Community College and later named a Distinguished Alumna in 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Wilmington University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She is a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Air Force War College.

She is the Delaware National Guard’s first female two-star general and first female Adjutant General. She chairs the National Guard’s Joint Diversity Executive Council, and serves on both the Air Force Reserve Policy Committee and the Board of the National Guard Association of the United States. She is a member of the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame and Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame.



Click here for a photo of Brigadier General Michael Berry.

Governor Carney’s Statement on the Delaware National Guard and Deployment to the Southern Border

DOVER, Del.Governor John Carney on Tuesday issued the following statement on the Delaware National Guard and deployment to the southern border:

“I take my job as Commander-in-Chief of the Delaware National Guard extremely seriously. In the last year, we’ve sent Guardsmen and women to Texas, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico to help our fellow citizens cope with natural disasters. We’ve sent Delaware Guardsmen and women overseas to keep us safe. I’m extremely proud of Delaware’s soldiers and airmen and women. Today, we received a request to send Delaware National Guard troops to the southwest border. Under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t hesitate to answer the call. But given what we know about the policies currently in effect at the border, I can’t in good conscience send Delawareans to help with that mission.

If President Trump revokes the current inhumane policy of separating children from their parents, Delaware will be first in line to assist our sister states in securing the border. I served in Congress, and I watched for six years as that body failed to pass a comprehensive immigration policy that would secure our borders in a way that upholds the values of this great country. Congress and the President need to step up and fix the mess that our immigration system has become.”


Governor Carney Authorizes National Guard to Assist with Winter Storm

State of Emergency issued; National Guard authorization begins at midnight

DOVER, Del. – With an impending winter storm expected to impact Delaware, Governor John Carney on Tuesday issued a State of Emergency statewide authorizing the Delaware National Guard to assist state and local officials with any necessary response and recovery for this winter storm effective midnight on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

The authorization will allow the National Guard to mobilize resources to assist with response related to heavy snow in New Castle County, and potential coastal flooding in Kent and Sussex counties. The State of Emergency also directs state agencies to assist in response and recovery efforts in coordination with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency.

The State of Emergency will remain in effect until further notice.

State of Delaware offices in New Castle County are closed Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Non-essential employees who live or work in New Castle County are not to report to work for this period. Essential employees are to report as scheduled.

Throughout the storm, motorists may monitor real-time conditions, snow plow activity, and traffic cameras by using DelDOT’s Smartphone application. The DelDOT App is available for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, and can be downloaded free, search for “DelDOT” at the Apple and Google Play stores. Motorists can also listen to WTMC 1380 AM for updates on road conditions.