Cdr. Jermaine A. Bailey is a native of Luling, La. He attended Louisiana State University and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. His graduate education includes a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida A & M University (FAMU) in 2012 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2013.
Bailey holds a Professional Engineer’s license in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering.
Bailey was commissioned via the Nuclear Power Officer Candidate Program. His first operational assignment was onboard the USS Florida (SSGN-728). During this tour, he served as the Electrical Assistant, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Tactical Systems Officer. This was a critical transition from strategic deterrence, as a nuclear ballistic missile ship, to a multi-purpose, tomahawk strike and Special Operations Forces platform.
Bailey was then selected for lateral transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer Community in 2010, when he was a Naval Science Instructor at FAMU. He later reported to the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair in Groton, Connecticut. At this command, he was the Project Officer for USS North Dakota (SSN-784). He oversaw construction through initial delivery, its post shakedown availability, and final acceptance to the fleet, as the 1st block III VA class submarine.
A subsequent depot waterfront assignment was at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PSNY). There he served as Nuclear Assistant Project Superintendent on the USS Hampton (SSN-767) Engineering Overhaul, Radiological Controls Assistant, and Assistant Operations Officer. He ended this tour serving at PSNY Intermediate Maintenance-facility as the Acting Deputy Director of Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department San Diego.
Subsequent assignments were at Naval Personnel Command, in Millington, Tenn. as the New Accessions Detailer followed by a tour at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) inside the Engineering Directorate (SEA 05). At SEA 05, he served inside the Carrier Systems Engineer Division as Deputy Director. His role later evolved to support the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and NAVSEA’s #1 priority as the Engineering Pillar Chief of Staff pertaining to Naval Sustainment Shipyards (NSS-SY). In this role, he led the entire NAVSEA Engineering efforts, which included Headquarter tech warrant holders, Waterfront CHENGs, and Naval Warfare Systems Command support in an effort to engineer man-days out of all availability work packages.
His personal awards include Meritorious Service, Navy Commendation, and Navy Achievement Medals, in addition to several other unit awards.
He is married to the former Carisha Bowers of Marianna, Fla. Together they have 4 kids: Susannah (8), Joel (7), Priscilla (5) and Elizabeth (7 months).