A 1991 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Capt. John Bailey received his naval officer commission the same year. Upon completion of flight training and designation as a naval flight officer, he reported for his initial fleet tour in 1993 with the Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, deploying to Adak, Alaska; Misawa, Japan and Diego Garcia. He conducted detached operations in the Middle East and Southeast Asia supporting naval operations in the Western and Northern Pacific, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, North Arabian Sea, and Persian Gulf, to include Operation Southern Watch.
In 1996, Bailey was selected to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) - U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Cooperative Program. He earned a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from NPS in Monterey, Calif., before proceeding to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., graduating with class 115 in 1999.
Following graduation, he reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron as a test project officer and was the lead project officer for an Acquisition Category IC (ACAT IC) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Special Program.
In 2001, Bailey was designated an Aerospace Engineering duty officer and was assigned to the Advanced Sensors Technology Program Office as the integrated test team lead for an ACAT IC CNO Special Program before he arrived at the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland. Since 2003, he has served as lead assistant program manager for Systems Engineering, ACAT IC Joint Standoff Weapon program for Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201); P-3/EP-3/P-8 platform coordinator and department head for Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20; VH-71 Presidential Helicopter program operations officer for Presidential Helicopters Program Office (PMA-274); F/A-18A-F and EA-18G Communication, Navigation and Identification Systems integrated product team lead (IPTL) for F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265); and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye IPTL for E-2/C-2 Program Office (PMA-231). In April 2012, he was assigned as Integrated Fire Control capability increments IPTL to the newly established Air Warfare Mission Area/From-The-Air Program Office (PMA-298).
In January 2014, he assumed his current position as program manager for Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B Programs (PMA-234) at the Naval Air Systems Command, providing acquisition, engineering and technical services to the Navy and Marine Corps for the Next Generation Jammer, AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System, AN/ALQ-231 Intrepid Tiger II, Jammer Technique Optimization, and the EA-6B Prowler aircraft.
Bailey has accumulated more than 2,600 flight hours in 23 models of jet, prop and rotary wing aircraft. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (two awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, and various other personal and unit awards.