June 16

Major General (ret) John H. Bailey II at Gray Army Airfield – June 30, 2018

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Red-Tailed Hawks Youth Program will be hosted by the 16 Combat Aviation Brigade at Gray Army Airfield, WA. Student members and guests will learn about US Army helicopter operations and learn a little history from Maj Gen Bailey. Bailey is our guest speaker coming all the way from Houston, TX and will be sharing his book “Up from the Fields”.

Students ages 11-17 are welcome to join us. Email request to register to flywa.bap@gmail.com

Major 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 a 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 for the State Guard, and Commanding General of the State Guard.

General Bailey’s education includes a Bachelors Degree in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a Masters Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Alcorn State University, and is a graduate of the Army’s Basic and Advanced Airborne Schools, Fixed Wing Aviators Course, Ordnance Officers Advance Course, and Command and Generals Staff College.

General Bailey currently serves as a member of the Adjutant General’s Board of Retired Executives, Chairman of the Board of Unified Veterans of America, National Guard Association of Texas, and the Board of Directors of the Aviation Science Department of Texas Southern University.

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