General Bailey was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army on 10 May 1967,
upon completion of Officer Candidate School at Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland.
Upon receiving his commission he was reassigned to his old unit, the 101st Airborne
Division at Fort Campbell KY.
General Bailey’s overseas assignments include one tour of duty in Germany 1962-1965
and two tours of duty in Vietnam, 1967-68 and 1971-72. His first tour was as platoon
leader and company commander with the 101st Airborne Division, his second tour was as
an Army Fixed Wing Aviator with the First Aviation Brigade where he flew
Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Search and Destroy Missions over South Vietnam,
Laos, and Cambodia.
General Bailey spent the last twelve years of his military career in the Military Forces of
the State of Texas where he served as the S-3 of the Second Battalion, 8th Brigade,
Commander 8th Brigade, Deputy Commanding General for Operations and Training, and
Commanding General of the State Guard.
General Bailey’s education includes a Bachelors Degree in Aeronautics from Embry
Riddle Aeronautical University, in Daytona Beach Florida, a Masters Degree in
Education Administration and Supervision from Alcorn State University; where he also
taught for 4 years; Fixed Wing Aviators Course, Ordnance Officers Advance Course, and
Command and Generals Staff College.
Among his awards and decorations are the Soldiers Medal for heroism, the Bronze Star
Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for achievement in Aerial Flight, the Meritorious Service
Medal, the Air Medal with the numeral 9, the Army Commendation Medal with two “V”
Devices and two Oak Leaf Clusters for heroism, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and the
Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal. His Badges include the Army Aviators Badge,
the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Generals Staff Identification Badge.
General Bailey currently serves as a member of the Adjutant General’s Board of Retired
Executives, National Guard Association of Texas, the State Guard Association of the US,
the Board of Directors of the Aviation Science Department of Texas Southern University
and Executive Director of Bailey Military Institute.
Major General John H. Bailey, II
Executive Director & Founder