Citizen Spotlight: John Daven Bailey

Citizen Spotlight: John Daven Bailey

By Dylan Smith, Managing Editor •

Jackson Blaze’s Citizen Spotlight attempts to shine a light on the accomplishments of individuals who have strived for success while making an impact in their community.

John Daven Bailey, 29 of Dutton, is a Captain in the Alabama Army National Guard and is a Logistics Officer and Bridge Maintenance Officer serving in the 31st Chemical Brigade. Bailey also serves as a Brigade Representative to the National Guard Association of Alabama (NGAAL).

Along with his impressive military background, Bailey has built quite a resume in the private sector as well. Bailey is a Process Improvement Analyst at weapons and technology giant, Northrop Grumman. He serves on the only team that plays a pivotal role in defending the United States from incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

Bailey told Jackson Blaze that he contributes his service to the love of country and family.

“Many of my ancestors before me took an oath to protect and defend this great nation. I felt as if it was my duty to continue the legacy,” says Bailey. “A soldier doesn’t fight because he hates what’s in front of him. A soldier fights because he loves what’s behind him.”

Bailey is a 2008 graduate of Sylvania High School and a 2012 graduate of Auburn University holding a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Bailey recently completed his graduate studies at the University of Tennessee with an MBA in Aerospace and Defense. 

Due to his grades being in the top percentile of his class, Bailey was offered a membership to the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). He is a member of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Chapter.

When he’s not serving his nation or working at Redstone Arsenal, Bailey prefers to unwind raising cattle at his family farm in Powell. He purchased the Bailey Family Farm in 2016. His great grandfather acquired the 40-acre farm in 1934.

“I love raising cattle, it puts a smile on my face every day,” says Bailey. “Sure, it’s a lot of work but it’s the most rewarding thing in life that I’ve had the honor of experiencing. Without a doubt, life is definitely better on the farm.”

John Daven Bailey exemplifies the grit and spirit of Jackson County. He works hard, loves his country and enjoys rural life. People like Daven Bailey make our county the magnificent place it is. Our culture is made special because of the values people like Mr. Bailey hold dear. It’s why we call it home, it’s why we always will.