Lt. Col. Scott Bailey survived cold Alaskan winters, hot Saudi Arabian summers and everything in between. His latest challenge, as of August 2016, is to survive the Wyoming wind as he serves as the new Senior Army Advisor, Army National Guard.
Bailey, who enlisted in the South Carolina Army National Guard as a private in 1985, is well versed in change. He has changed service components, going from Army National Guard, to active-duty service. He has held an array of jobs ranging from ordnance, engineering, infantry and support to civil authorities.
His more than 31 years of service has afforded him an array of relationships and a solid understanding of resources and training available within the Army – knowledge he hopes to impart to soldiers in the Wyoming Army National Guard.
“The SRAAG was put in place to bridge the gap in teaching doctrine from the active-duty Army down to the soldiers in their respective state,” said Brig. Gen. Greg Porter, director of the joint staff. “Lt. Col. Bailey will serve as the recipient of all the latest and greatest information from big army, which he will break down and feed to our soldiers here in Wyoming.”
Bailey’s job is to assist soldiers needing resources from the Army, be it new equipment or needed training.
“Because of my background and willingness to take assignments, I was given the opportunity to pursue being a SRAAG,” said Bailey. “Wyoming was the place I chose to go. I hope to be able to use my background and relationships I have built throughout my career to better serve the soldiers in Wyoming. I’ve already seen some training projected over the next several years where I am hoping I can facilitate a connection between a Wyoming unit and other units to provide some pretty cool and meaningful training.”
Bailey is still learning the ropes of his new position, just like he is learning how to survive the Wyoming wind. However, he hopes that in time, both endeavors will become second nature.
“I’m still not quite sure what to expect,” Bailey said. “I’m ready to help where needed and hope that soldiers and units come to me when they are in need of training opportunities or resources. My job is to liaison and I am up to the task.”