COL Eric E. Bailey is a native of Richmond, VA. He enlisted in the Army and completed basic training and Advanced Individual Training as a Combat Engineer at
Fort Leonard Wood, MO. His first assignment was in the 588th Engineer Battalion at Fort Polk, LA. As a corporal he was selected as the Distinguished Honor
Graduate at the Primary Leadership Development Course, 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk, LA. He completed the Multi-Channel Communication Course at Fort Gordon,
GA. He was then assigned as a Communications Section Sergeant, 122nd Signal Battalion in Camp Casey, Korea. While serving at Fort Bragg, NC, he earned a
3-year Active Duty Green to Gold Scholarship.
He graduated magna cum laude from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate. He was commissioned in 1992 as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. He later completed a Master of Arts Degree in Education at the University of Oklahoma.
In 1993 COL Bailey was assigned as an Ambulance Platoon Leader, HHC, 142nd Medical Battalion at Fort Clayton, Republic of Panama. He later served as the Company Executive Officer in the same unit. He then served as the S2/Assistant S3 in the 245th Support Battalion in Panama. In 1995 he was assigned as the Administrative Officer for the Department of Medicine and Surgery at Gorgas Army Community Hospital, Fort Clayton, Panama. He later served as the Chief of Military Personnel at Gorgas Army Community Hospital. Following Panama, he was selected to serve as a Personnel Policy Intern at the Office of the Surgeon General. He later served as the Chief, Professional Filler System followed by Company Commander at US Army Medical Command (USAMEDCOM), Fort Sam Houston, TX. In 2000 COL Bailey was selected to serve as the Aide de Camp for the Senior American General and J3/J7 at Allied Forces North in the Netherlands. After the Netherlands, he was assigned as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel/Chief, Army Medical Department Officer Management, United States Army Europe, in Heidelberg, Germany. Following Germany he was selected to attend resident Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He was then assigned as the Brigade S1, 1st Medical Brigade at Fort Hood, TX. He deployed as the Brigade S1 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07. He returned to serve as the Battalion Executive Officer, 36th Medical Evacuation Battalion at Fort Hood. He was next assigned as the Chief, Human Resource Operations at USAMEDCOM, Fort Sam Houston, TX. In 2011 he served as the Troop Commander, Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, NC. In 2013 he served as the first Commander of the United States Army Element at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. COL Bailey most recently served as the Chief, Policy, Plans, and Programs at the Office of the Surgeon General.
COL Bailey is a graduate of Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms and Service Staff School (CAS3), Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer’s Advance Course, AMEDD Officer’s Basic Course, AMEDD Executive Skills Course, AMEDD Company Grade Pre-Command Course, Medical Management of Chemical Casualties Course, Force Management Course, Health Services Human Resources Management Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, and the Airborne and Air Assault Courses.
COL Bailey’s awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (7 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (Numeral 3), Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. COL Bailey was inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit in 2010.