Matthew Bruce Bailey—a.k.a. Beetle Bailey—of Rockford and currently residing in Gavensvoort, N.Y., was recently promoted to Chief Petty Officer (CPO) in a pinning ceremony at Ballston Spa, N.Y. on September 16, 2009.
Bailey graduated from Rockford High School in 1999 and left shortly after for eight weeks of basic training in Great Lakes, Ill. After basic training, he was sent to Charleston, S.C. for A School/Power School, and in December 2000, he was sent to Ballston Spa for prototype instruction.
In July 2001, Bailey completed his education and was sent to Kings Bay, Ga., where he served on the USS Rhode Island SSNB740(B). He served as an electrician’s mate (nuclear) for five years. In August 2007, he was sent back to Ballston Spa as a prototype instructor.
While stationed in New York, Bailey was promoted to CPO after taking a 200-question exam and six weeks of intense training. Advancement to CPO not only carries requirements of time and service, superior evaluation scores and specialty examinations, but also carries an added requirement of peer review by a selection board of serving senior and master CPOs. CPOs serve a dual role as both technical experts and as leaders.
Bailey’s mother, Erma, attended his pinning ceremony and had the honor of pinning him. His father is Gerald Bailey of Greenville. His brother, Nathaniel, currently resides in London, U.K., and his sister, Jenny, resides in Rockford.