Lieutenant Bailey has made exceptional contributions to Fleet engineering readiness while serving as Engineering Assessor and Diesel Team Leader at Afloat Training Group (ATG) Pacific, as MPA in USS Tarawa and as Chief Engineer in USS Germantown. At ATG he quickly earned a waterfront reputation as the one to go to for advice and assistance for all conventional propulsion plants and he was the primary contact for pre-deployment engineering readiness and training qualifications for all diesel USN and USCG ships on the waterfront.
Following the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks LT Bailey voluntarily terminated shore duty early to return to sea as Main Propulsion Assistant in USS Tarawa. He directed accomplishment of major boiler repairs, enabling Tarawa to complete COMPTUEX and FLEETEX in preparation for a short notice deployment. His expert leadership of propulsion plant maintenance and watch stander training ensured that the 27 year old LHA was able to complete a 25,000 mile voyage and 107 days of continuous operation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom without mission degrading casualties. He was hand selected to become Chief Engineer in USS Germantown only five months before an INSURV inspection that had been previously deferred due to high operating tempo and limited maintenance availability. Lieutenant Bailey personally orchestrated a $10 million availability, identified and corrected over 100 Casualty Report (CASREP) discrepancies and successfully passed the INSURV inspection, with Germantown cited by President of the INSURV Board as the best ship in her Class.
As a leader, Lieutenant Bailey empowers his people. He renewed a department and divisions fatigued by sea swap and ships riddled with unavoidable equipment casualties and a relentless ship’s force maintenance workload. Lieutenant Bailey believes in training and empowering sailors to do the right thing every time. He consistently demands sound engineering practices and his outstanding mentorship and leadership by example are an inspiration to all. Lieutenant Bailey truly exemplifies the highest standard of excellence in Fleet engineering and he has consistently upheld the highest ideals of the American Society of Naval Engineers. He is indeed most highly deserving of the ASNE Claud A. Jones award for 2004.