Ronald L. Bailey (USMC)

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Lieutenant General Bailey is a Marine, not a soldier.

Ronald L. Bailey
Major Gen. Ronald L. Bailey, the 1st Marine Division commanding general, shows audiences a bottle of sand from Guadalcanal during a battle color rededication ceremony.JPG
LtGen. Ronald L. Bailey during a battle color rededication ceremony for the 1st Marine Division in August 2012
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1977– 2017
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held

2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade
1st Marine Division

Marine Corps Recruiting Command[1]
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal (2)

Lieutenant General Ronald L. Bailey was the first African American to take command of the 1st Marine Division of the United States Marine Corps on Thursday, June 30, 2011.[2]


He graduated from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee in 1977 and was commissioned a Marine second lieutenant that same year. He is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He served as an infantry officer.[3][4]

When appointed to the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Bailey said "...leadership is about influence and relationships – relationships with the American people. Our nation’s citizens expect us to be America’s expeditionary force in readiness committed to their protection at home and abroad; we will honor that expectation with the professional and empathetic execution of our mission within their communities nationwide."[5]


His military appointments were published by Camp Pendleton Patch and by the Los Angeles Times on July 1, 2011.[5][6] Bailey was appointed in January to head the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, where he will command more than 22,000 troops.[7] He also served as commanding general of the San Diego Western Recruiting Region and Marine Corps Recruit Depot, according to a Marine Corps Base press release at the time.[2]

In June 2013, Lieutenant General Bailey was promoted to his current rank and assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps as the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations.


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  2. ^ a b "Camp Pendleton welcomes new commander". 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  3. ^ "Official Biography: Major General Ronald L. Bailey". 1977-07-01. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  4. ^ ERIKA I. RITCHIE (June 30, 2011). "1st Marine Division ushers in new legacy". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "First African-American Appointed to Command 1st Marine Division - Camp Pendleton, CA Patch". 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  6. ^ "1st Marine Division gets first African American commander -". 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  7. ^ Mark Walker (June 30, 2011). "MILITARY: Maj. Gen. Ronald Bailey takes command of 1st Marine Division". North County Times. Retrieved 5 May 2012.