Brad E. Bailey
Commander, 2nd Battalion

MAJ Brad E. Bailey is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University with degrees in History and Political Science, and  a M.Ed in Public Administration.  He has served in numerous emergency management and public sector roles as a public affairs, media, and crisis communications professional for more than 25-years. He currently serves as the Marketing Strategist for AgFirst Farm Credit Bank.

Bailey volunteered for the South Carolina State Guard in 2017 and subsequently received his commission from Governor Henry McMaster as a 2LT.  He began his career as the Standards and Protocol Officer with the Division Public Affairs Office.

Previous assignments include S-2 Intelligence Officer for the Professional Services Command (PSC); Team Lead and Webmaster for G2 Cyber Security; PIO for the Search and Rescue Command (SARCOM), Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Business Development Unit; and interim Executive Officer for the Public Affairs Office.

Deployments include Operation Hurricane Irma, Operation Hurricane Florence, Operation Hurricane Dorian where he served as both a public affairs officer with the State Guard and co-coordinated social media and communications functions at the South Carolina Emergency Management Department (SCEMD) ESF -15 – Public Information office.

MAJ Bailey’s military and emergency response education includes Captain’s Career Course (CCC); Limited Duty Officer Course (LDOC); Officer Basic Course (OBC); Community Emergency Response Training (CERT); Medical Emergency Management Academy: Master MEMS; Senior MEMS;  Basic MEMS; Royal Lao Airborne Course as well as extensive training with FEMA, TEEX, and more.

His awards and decorations include the Medal of Merit, Commendation Medal, Individual Achievement Ribbon with 3 oak clusters, the Volunteer Service ribbon, the Military Readiness ribbon, the Recruiting Achievement ribbon, the Military Proficiency ribbon, the Governors Unit Citation, Senior Medical Emergency Management Badge with Flash, the Royal Laotian Parachutist Badge.

MAJ Bailey is married to Beth Bailey, formerly of Honolulu, Hawaii, for 10 years.