CAPT Sean R. Bailey, U.S. Navy
Chief of Staff
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
Capt. Sean R. Bailey, a native of Lansing, Kansas, graduated from the University of Kansas in 1991 with a degree in Political Science and commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps. He completed Naval Flight Officer training in Pensacola, Fla., where he earned his wings in September 1992. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and the Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies and he completed the Navy Nuclear Power Training Program in 2012.
Bailey’s operational tours include Strike Fighter Squadron (VF-103), VF-14 and VF-213. Bailey transitioned to the F/A-18F in 2007 and assigned as the Executive Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA 2), until assuming command of the “Bounty Hunters” in 2009. He has deployed aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60) in 1994; USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in 1996 and 2001; USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in 2003 and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in 2008, and 2009-2010.
Ashore, Bailey served as an instructor and Strike Phase Leader at VF-101, the F-14 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) and served on the NATO staff of Allied Joint Command Lisbon, in Oeiras, Portugal.
Bailey was the first Executive Officer of Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in Newport News, Va., and commanded USS Arlington (LPD 24) leading the ship and crew on their maiden deployment to the Sixth and Fifth Fleet area of operations. He was selected for CVN command after a temporary assignment to Expeditionary Strike Group Two in 2016.
Bailey took command of USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) in January 2018 as the ship’s sixth commanding officer. Under his command, USS George H. W. Bush served as the carrier for U.S. 7th Fleet Replacement, Training Command, and Carrier Air Wing carrier qualification periods and the first-ever combined U.S. and French Navy Air Wing Exercise Operation Chesapeake. In February 2019, Bailey transitioned the ship and crew to Norfolk Naval Shipyard to begin the longest and most extensive Docking Planned Incremental Availability every undertaken for a Nimitz-class carrier. Bailey relinquished command in May and assumed his present position in June 2020.
Bailey's personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device. He has flown over 3,700 hours in the F-14 and F/A-18 and has logged over 900 arrested carrier landings.