CDR Christopher G. Bailey
A native of Palmyra, New Jersey, CDR Bailey is a 1995 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, majoring in history. He also holds a Masters of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego (2002).
He completed flight training in Milton, Florida and was winged a Naval Aviator in August, 1997. His initial sea tour was with the Gunbearers of HC-11 in San Diego, California flying the H-46D. While at HC-11 he made two WESTPAC deployments. He deployed on board USS RAINIER (AOE-7) with the USS CARL VINSON Strike Group in support of Operations Desert Fox and Southern Watch. His second deployment was on board USS TARAWA (LHA-1) in support of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
In 2002, CDR Bailey transitioned to the MH-60S as the community phased out the H-46, and reported to the Chargers of HC-6, Norfolk, VA for his second sea tour. At HC-6, he deployed on board USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) in support of Task Force Tarawa and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During this deployment he was qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway. Following back-to-back sea tours, CDR Bailey then reported to the Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, as his Flag Aide.
In May 2006, he reported to the HS-2 World Famous Golden Falcons during their WESTPAC deployment with CVW-2 on USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) flying the H-60F/H. He served as the Admin and Operations Officer and made a second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following his Department Head tour, he reported to the Joint Staff J-3 in Washington D.C. where he served as an Emergency Actions Officer in the National Military Command Center.
CDR Bailey’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (4) and the Navy Achievement Medal (2). He has accumulated over 2,800 flight hours.
CDR Bailey resides in Coronado with his wife of 13 years, Janine, son Andrew, and daughter Alexandra.