CAPT JERRY J. BAILEY
Commanding Officer, Field Medical Training Battalion-West
Camp Pendleton, CA
CAPT Bailey entered the Navy through Recruit Training Command Orlando, FL, in 1990. He attained the rank of Petty Officer First Class until his commissioning in 2001 as a Lieutenant Junior Grade. He served in various enlisted leadership positions in both operational and shore-based commands.
CAPT Bailey graduated from Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, RI in 2001 and reported onboard USS TARAWA (LHA-1) as the medical Division Officer where he directly assisted in the initial and follow on stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2003, he reported to Naval Medical Center San Diego as the Assistant Department Head of Patient Administration. In 2005 he reported to 1st Medical Battalion and served as Charlie and Alpha Surgical Company Commander as well as the Battalion Operations Officer. CAPT Bailey served two combat tours in Al Anbar province to include Al Taqaddum, Fallujah, Ramadi and Rahwa as a Surgical Company Executive Officer where he led over 600 Navy and Marine Corps personnel.
In 2008 he was assigned to U.S. Fourth Fleet, Naval Forces Southern Command, Mayport, FL., as Fleet Surgeon and Fleet Medical Planner. He developed the Concept of Operations and employment of relief efforts in support of Joint Task Force Haiti (Operation Unified Response), the largest maritime humanitarian and disaster response effort in the history of the U.S. Military totaling over 17,000 personnel.
In 2010 he attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon graduation, he reported to U.S. Marine Forces Pacific as the Deputy Branch Head and Program Director for Theater Security Cooperation for Health Services Support, where he received the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States 2012 Humanitarian Assistance Award.
In July of 2014 CAPT Bailey was screened and selected to serve as the Executive Officer, 2D Medical Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC., where he led the daily operations, training and development of over 1,300 Sailors and Marines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, Freedom Sentinel, 22nd, 24th and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units, Theater Security Operations, Global Health and Contingency Operations.
In 2016 CAPT Bailey reported to U.S. INDO-PACIFIC Command where he was selected to be the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Command Surgeon as well as the Director of Medical Operations and Plans where he was responsible for the day to day medical operations for the world’s largest Geographical Combatant Command spanning 100 million miles, 52 percent of the Earth’s surface, 36 countries and half of the world’s population. He owned and managed all Operational Plans at the highest security classification levels to include Major Combat Operations, Homeland Defense and Support to Civil Defense Authorities. He was the senior team lead for Legislative Affairs and direct medical advisor to the INDO-PACOM Commander for House and Senate Armed Services Committee Testimony.
In June of 2019 CAPT Bailey reported to US Marine Corps Forces Pacific as the Senior Medical Operational Advisor for I and III MEF forces which comprise over 87,000 Marines and Sailors throughout the Pacific Theater where he directed the execution of multilateral collaborative planning efforts with adjacent, subordinate, and higher commands as well as provided Commander’s intent for all plans/exercises for over 56,000 personnel in joint, bilateral, and multilateral capacity.
On 29 May, 2020, CAPT Bailey assumed Command of Field Medical Training Battalion West at Camp Pendleton, CA.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree, an M.S. in Health Services Management and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies. He is the only two-time selectee as Navy Medicine’s POMI of the Year (2009 and 2013).
His awards include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (one Gold star), Joint Service Commendation Medal (one cluster), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three gold stars), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four gold stars), Command Ashore device, and various campaign medals, awards and warfare devices.