Captain Shawn T. Bailey
Captain Shawn Bailey is a native
of San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from
Texas A&M University at Galveston in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in
Marine Biology. He was designated a
Naval Aviator in June 1997.
Captain Bailey’s operational assignments
include two back-to-back tours with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE
(HC-5), deploying twice aboard USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3), twice aboard USNS
NIAGARA FALLS (T-AFS 3), and USNS FLINT (T-AE 32) in support of Operations
SOUTHERN WATCH, DESERT FOX, WARDEN, STABILIZE, and IRAQI FREEDOM; Helicopter
Sea Combat Squadron TWO THREE (HSC-23), deploying as Sea Combat Detachment
Officer-in-Charge aboard USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) i n support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM,
ENDURING FREEDOM and SEA DRAGON. He
commanded Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO EIGHT (HSC-28), in support of
SECOND, FOURTH, FIFTH and SIXTH Fleet operations. He served as Air Boss in USS BOXER (LHD 4)
and deployed in support of THIRD, FIFTH, and SEVENTH Fleet Operations and
National Tasking in the United States Pacific Command (PACOM) and United States
Central Command (CENTCOM) Areas of Responsibility.
Captain Bailey’s shore assignments include
instructor duty at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada as
a Rotary Wing Weapons School Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) and
SWTI Course Program Manager, providing graduate level flight training for all
Navy H-60 communities. He is a graduate
of the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island with a Master
of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He commanded the MERLINS of Helicopter Sea
Combat Squadron THREE (HSC-3), the MH-60S, HH-60H, MQ-8 Fleet Replacement
Squadron (FRS) from April 2015 to March of 2017.
Captain Bailey assumed the position of Commodore, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic May
2019. Additionally, he commanded
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO TWO (HSC-22) from June to August 2018.
Captain Bailey has accumulated more than 3,500
flight hours in the HH-46D, MH-60S, SH-60F, HH-60H, MH-53E and MQ-8B
helicopters. His decorations include
various unit, campaign and service awards.