CDR 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.
CDR Bailey attended Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, RI where he served as Battalion Commander. In his first tour, he was assigned as the Medical Division Officer on USS TARAWA (LHA-1) at Naval Base San Diego, CA, where he directly assisted in the initial and follow on stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2003, he was assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego as the Division Officer and later Assistant Department Head of Patient Administration where he led medical holding company, medical boards and was the command Decedent Affairs Officer. In 2005 he reported to 1st Medical Battalion and served as Charlie and Alpha Surgical Company Commander as well as the Battalion S-3 Operations Officer. CDR 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 reported to U.S. Fourth Fleet, Naval Forces Southern Command Mayport, FL, as Fleet Surgeon and Fleet Medical Planner where 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 Corps 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 for his accomplishments as the Force Surgeon for the joint, combined, interagency cooperative health engagements for exercise BALIKATAN 2012 in Palawan Province, Philippines. In July of 2014 CDR Bailey was screened and selected to report 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 CDR 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 to include 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. Additionally, 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 In April of 2019, CDR Bailey served as the Senior Medical Planner and Medical Operational Advisor for the Force Surgeon at MARFORPAC 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 geared towards U.S. INDO-PACOM’s Global Health Engagement Strategy in an effort to build interoperability and host nation capacity.
On 13 May he was selected for the rank of Captain and on 29 May he 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 from the U.S. Naval War College. He is the only two-time selectee as Navy Medicine’s Plans, Operations and Medical Intelligence (POMI) Officer of the Year (2009 and 2013). His awards include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (one 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) and various other campaign medals, awards and warfare devices.