NORFOLK, Va. —
In a U.S. Navy Change of Command ceremony held at Cheatham Annex in Williamsburg, Va., Dec. 14, Tifton native Commander David “Chip” Bailey took command of Navy Cargo Handling Battalion TEN.
Navy Cargo Handling Battalion TEN is a commissioned unit of 282 enlisted and 18 officer personnel in 10 companies, providing onload/offload cargo handling and expeditionary support capabilities in response to worldwide Department of Defense operational requirements.
“Battalion Ten – you look awesome!” said Bailey during the ceremony. “I want you to know, there’s no billet in the Navy for which I could have been selected that could compare to serving as your commanding officer. Clearly, you’ve proven your mettle. You should be proud. Let’s continue to set the bar high. Oorah! “
Bailey went on to thank his wife.
“Beth, you’re the best. As many here know, it takes a special person to be a Navy spouse and you are absolutely the best. Not a day goes by that I don’t recognize that. Jonathan and Sarah, the same holds true for you. While I’ve spent many years away from home, I know that your sacrifices have been as much service to our nation as my own. Thanks,” he said.
A 1982 graduate of Tift County High School, Bailey entered active duty in January 1986 completing Recruit Basic Training in Orlando, Fla. Bailey was selected for the Navy’s Direct Commission program in 1997. He has served with several commands during his career which includes Hurricane Katrina Recovery efforts and two tours in Iraq.
He is qualified to wear the Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist insignia. Awards include two Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and Navy Good Conduct Medal.
Bailey graduated from the University of Maryland in 1993 with a BS in Management Studies. He earned a master's in Military Operational Arts and Sciences from the Air Command & Staff College in 2009.
Bailey is the son of David Bailey (deceased) and Carolyn Ward Conner and brother to Ward Bailey, of Fitzgerald. He is also the nephew of Lee and Francine Liles, and Clyde and Ann Bailey, all of Fitzgerald. He also has a brother Luke Bailey of New Freedom, Penn.
He is married to Beth Wilfong Bailey, daughter of John and Yvonne Wilfong of Hickory, N.C. and has two children, Jonathan and Sarah, who live in Norfolk, Va.