Capt. John Bailey attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., graduating with honors in June 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering Systems.
Following commissioning, he attended flight training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., and Mather Air Force Base, Calif., earning his Naval Flight Officer wings in October 1992. He attended P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron training with Patrol Squadron THIRTY ONE (VP-31) at NAS Moffett Field, Calif., and remained at Moffett Field for his next assignment with the Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron FORTY SEVEN (VP-47). In July 1993, he relocated with VP-47 to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While attached to VP-47, Bailey deployed to Adak, Alaska, Diego Garcia, BIOT, and to Misawa, Japan, and conducted detached operations in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Thailand, and Okinawa 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 the summer of 1996, Bailey was selected to the Naval Postgraduate School - U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Cooperative Program. He attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., graduating in June 1998 with a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He then attended U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, Md., graduating with Class 115 in June 1999. Following graduation, he reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron as a test project officer. He was involved with P-3 avionics, ordnance, and aircrew systems projects as well as the A-37 Counter-Narcotics Upgrade Program, and was the lead project officer for an Acquisition Category IC (ACAT IC) CNO Special Program.
Bailey was selected as an aerospace engineering duty officer (AEDO) in the spring of 2001 and was assigned in July 2001 to the Advanced Sensors Technology Program Office as the integrated test team lead for an ACAT IC CNO Special Program. He reported to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in July 2003, serving as the lead assistant program manager for systems engineering (class desk) for the ACAT IC Joint Standoff Weapon program in the Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201). In November 2005, Bailey returned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20), where he served as the P-3/EP-3/P-8 platform coordinator and department head. He reported in June 2007 to the Presidential Helicopters Program Office (PMA-274), specifically assigned to the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Program as the operations officer. In May 2008, Bailey was assigned to the ACAT IC F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265), serving as the integrated program team (IPT) lead for F/A-18A-F and EA-18G communication, navigation and identification systems. He reported in August 2010 to the E-2/C-2 Program Office (PMA-231), where he served as the IPT lead of the ACAT ID E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program. In April 2012, Bailey was assigned to the newly established Air Warfare Mission Area/From-The-Air Program Office (PMA-298), where he served as the IPT lead for all Integrated Fire Control capability increments. In August 2012, he was selected for command of the Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B Program Office (PMA 234).
Bailey has more than 2,600 hours in 23 models of jet, prop and rotary wing aircraft. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal and various other personal and unit awards.