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.

 

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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.”

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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.

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Governor Carney Authorizes Delaware National Guard to Assist with Water Distribution in Town of Blades

Executive Order provides additional resources for town, residents

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday signed an Executive Order authorizing the Delaware National Guard to assist the Town of Blades with distributing water to residents impacted by high levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in municipal wells.

The Delaware National Guard has provided two, 400-gallon portable water tanks and coordinated troops to ensure 24-hour water distribution operations out of the Blades Fire Hall. Additionally, a 5,000-gallon water tanker is prepared and available for follow-up support.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) on Friday morning started to provide bottled water for drinking and cooking to residents of Blades.

Water will be supplied to the Town of Blades by DNREC, DPH, and the Delaware National Guard to ensure residents have access to potable water.

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The Executive Order is available here.


Governor Carney Announces State of Emergency for Sussex County and Level 2 Driving Restriction Countywide

Only essential personnel to operate vehicles

 

WILMINGTON, Del. – With roadway conditions continuing to deteriorate, Governor Carney on Thursday issued a State of Emergency for Sussex County and Level 2 Driving Restriction. The State of Emergency for Sussex County took effect at 2:00 p.m., and the Level 2 Driving Restriction took effect at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 4. Governor Carney also authorized the Delaware National Guard to assist state and local officials with any necessary response and recovery for this severe winter storm.

A Level 1 driving warning had been in effect across Sussex County since 7:30 a.m.

The Level 2 Driving Restriction means that no person may operate a motor vehicle on Delaware roadways, except for persons designated as “essential personnel.” 

“This is a serious storm, and Delawareans across Sussex County should stay off the roadways as conditions continue to worsen,” said Governor Carney. “That will help personnel from the Delaware Department of Transportation more effectively clear the roadways, and help us provide services to our neighbors most in need.”

Under Delaware law, the term “essential personnel” means employees or personnel who are necessary (1) to maintain the core functions of government, and (2) to maintain the health and safety of the people of Delaware.  The following persons are specifically designated as “essential personnel” under Delaware law:

  • Operators of snow removal equipment (public and private);
  • Persons providing public utility services;
  • Persons providing healthcare services; and
  • Persons providing food and fuel deliveries.

In addition to the above, employers who fall outside the above categories may apply for a waiver from the Level 2 Driving Restriction from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency.  Waivers will be granted when a significant safety, health or business necessity is shown.  Waivers must be obtained in advance of emergency incidents. No waiver application will be granted within 21 days after receipt of the application for waiver, and applications will not be processed for approval during an emergency period.

Updated information from the National Weather Service indicates the following for Delaware:

New Castle County

  • A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Expect occasionally heavy snow and blowing snow through mid afternoon, with snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches.
  • Strong winds may cause power outages.

Kent County

  • A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Expect occasionally moderate snow and blowing snow through early this afternoon, with snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches.
  • Tree branches could fall.
  • Strong winds may cause power outages.
  • A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect until 2:00 p.m.

Sussex County

  • A Blizzard Warning remains in effect until Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Expect occasional blizzard conditions snow and blowing snow through mid or late afternoon, with snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches.
  • Tree branches could fall.
  • Strong winds may cause power outages.
  • A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect until 2:00 p.m.

A Code Purple has been declared across the state to assist Delawareans in need of shelter. To be connected to Code Purple resources, call Delaware 2-1-1 or click the Code Purple button at www.delaware211.org. Or call the Delaware Housing Alliance’s Centralized Intake Line at 302-654-0126, ext. 112. If you see someone outside who appears to be homeless, encourage them to seek emergency shelter or call a non-emergency police number to alert the police to the situation.

The Delaware Division of Public Health reminds residents to protect themselves and animals during the winter storm.

The Governor urges media and residents to check social media for continuous updates:

twitter.com/JohnCarneyDE

facebook.com/JohnCarneyDE

twitter.com/DelawareDOT

twitter.com/DelawareEMA

 

Click here for a PDF of the State of the Emergency and Level 2 Driving Restriction for Sussex County due to a Severe Winter Storm.
Click here for a PDF of the Executive Order authorizing the Delaware National Guard to assist state and local officials with any necessary response and recovery for this severe winter storm.

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