Military Bios

Rear Admiral Jon W. Bayless Jr.:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Deputy/Vice Commander, U.S. Maritime Defense Zone, Atlantic Deputy/Vice Commander, U.S. Maritime Defense Zone, Pacific
A native of Dallas, Texas, Rear Admiral Bayless graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1979 with a degree in Systems Engineering. He was designated a Naval Aviator at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, in April 1981.
Rear Adm. Bayless flew the P-3 Orion in his first tour with the "War Eagles" of VP-16. He later flew with the "Boomers" of VT-27 as an Instructor Pilot in the T-34C Mentor. Subsequent assignments included the "Executioners" of VP-93 as a department head and the "Black Hawks" of VP-68 as the Executive Officer. He served his first command tour from July 1996 to November 1997 with the "Liberty Bells" of VP-66 at NASJRB Willow Grove, Pa.
Other command tours have included NR Tactical Support Center 472 (TSC 472), NR Battle Group Staff Eight (BGS-8), and NR COMNAVEUR Joint Task Force Contingency Unit 413 (CNE JTFCU 413).
Rear Adm. Bayless was recalled to active duty from April 2002 to March 2003 as Deputy Commander, Task Force Five Seven at NAVCENT Bahrain in support of Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In addition to an initial Flag assignment with U.S. Maritime Defense Zone, Rear Adm. Bayless also serves as the Commander, U.S. Harbor Defense Forces, Korea.
Among his personal decorations are four Meritorious Service Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal. He has attended the National Defense University's NATO Staff Officer Course, the Reserve Components National Security Course, and COMLANTFLT's Senior Officer Course. In his civilian occupation, Rear Adm. Bayless is an Airbus 320 Captain for Northwest Airlines at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Updated: 4 August 2004


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