Lt. Col. Koaalii C. Bailey is a United States Air Pressure Fight Rescue Officer at present serving because the Commander on the 308th Rescue Squadron, a place he has held since July 2022. His job is actually to Command and lead warriors to avoid wasting lives when referred to as upon.
“Being in command means I’ve a chance to serve extra individuals. My job is to steer, arrange, practice, and equip, Pararescue Warriors to be their finest when issues couldn’t worsen for a service member in want Rescue”
Clearly, the husband and father of three should keep prepared and in high form to carry out his job to one of the best of his means, which requires him to be “Able to Battle Tonight”. Fortuitously for him, that’s one thing he has cultivated right into a behavior and way of life.
“For those who’re going to name your self a warrior– health will not be optionally available,” mentioned the previous faculty soccer participant. “Demanding your absolute better of your self will make the distinction when chaos and uncertainty encompass you in fight. As Aristotle mentioned, ‘We’re what we repeatedly do. Due to this fact, excellence will not be an act however a behavior.’”
There was a great probability that Bailey would discover his manner into service ultimately as a result of it runs in his blood of his forefathers. He shared that he had males in his household service in our nation’s conflicts going again to the Civil Battle.
“It’s undoubtedly one thing that’s valued and appreciated in my Tribe.” His identify Koaalii actually interprets within the Hawaiian language to Royal Soldier. Indirectly form or type Koa was going to serve, shield, struggle, and rescue others.
Upon faculty commencement, he was on the lookout for a brand new problem and he discovered it in Particular Operations of the army. There was a pararescue group in his dwelling state of Alaska the legendary Rescue Crew 212 Rescue Squadron, which is what led him down the trail he has been on since. In Alaska he and his teammates have been at all times prepared to go away in a second’s discover to rescue each army pilots and Alaskan out of doors fanatic that discovered the ragged fringe of the place life and dying can rely instantly on Pararescuemen being prepared and match to reply.
“I wish to suppose I might keep in form, even when I wasn’t within the army, however the reason for Freedom and Love for nation provides an depth to my exercises which may not be there to the identical diploma if I didn’t know that I had teammates relying on me being prepared.”
This ardour for excellence has been helpful as a result of he’s been in difficult, horrible fight conditions throughout his a number of fight deployments the place he has performed a essential position in saving American and Companion Nation lives in hurt’s manner who have been all experiencing their most painful, scary, scary day of their lives. In Bailey’s eyes, health is about greater than lifting weights and operating. “When you are able to do one thing by way of your bodily preparation or psychological capability that resulted in saving a human life it’s a tremendous feeling”. In each sense of the phrase, army service members are fighters and combating (hand at hand) is essentially the most visceral a part of battle. Bailey devotes numerous
focus and dedication to combatives, he believes the going through the concern of being knocked out or choked out elicits a cathartic expertise that’s essential in molding a Warrior Ethos. Battle, flight, or freeze generally is a aware Response and Alternative as people; if we take time to develop the abilities required to behave not simply be acted upon. To perform his combative based mostly coaching session aims along with his group he incorporates downside fixing whereas beneath stress eventualities, anaerobic exhaustion, and a get rid of that instantly faucets right into a airmen’s want to by no means surrender Resiliency.
“The purpose is time environment friendly, value efficient, sustainable coaching, that helps each teammate turn out to be a stronger warrior and higher resolution maker.”
Bailey leads by each instance and instruction. That’s why he’s been striving to create for each airman in his squadron, Particular Operator or Help Airmen to have a deep reference to the rescue mission and on a weekly foundation. His technique to do all of the above is what he calls “Dilemma Centered Warfighting,” or DFW for brief. Bailey described it as dynamic downside fixing whereas going through stress.
“Expertise will not be the reply to every part sooner or later struggle—sure critically essential however should you’re going to name your self a warfighter you must most likely know easy methods to struggle and shield your self and your loved ones.”
Bailey works with Pararescuemen, who’re warfighters in each sense of the phrase. Their ability set is world-class. He additionally works with many different individuals in supporting roles whereas they’re on missions. The possibilities of them partaking with a enemy is actual. The purpose is to have a spectrum of choices to guard and defend freedom and love. Fight and hand at hand expertise are simply an choice we don’t wish to neglect.
“A human based mostly weapon system is what It may come all the way down to.”
For these causes and extra, Bailey’s DFW system is one thing he’s growing and constructing on so the individuals he leads can shield themselves and one another by fixing issues beneath these tense circumstances. He cited the artwork of JIU Jitsu combating as a key element in serving to teammates perceive easy methods to successfully and effectively achieve micro advantageous over an enemy till you possibly can primarily take their will to withstand or struggle again leading to them tapping (quitting), napping (getting choked out, or snapping (breaking a bone). Any transfer or technique that may exploit a weak point of that opponent to make your state of affairs higher and theirs worse—It turns into a human based mostly chess match that in a really possible way ends in checkmate. Being match and ready to struggle can even assist enhance self-confidence as a result of the warfighter is aware of they did all they might to be prepared.
“That idea of health in relation to fight and utilizing it regularly is what I’m so obsessed with, not simply in my army profession, however normally.”
Bailey hopes that the work he’s carried out and continues to do will affect youthful Individuals to think about the Air Pressure of their futures. Apart from with the ability to serve their nation. Bailey feels they will profit themselves in some ways.
“On the finish of the day, it comes all the way down to freedom and love. In case you have the will to protect freedom and have a love in your fellow Individuals, having these idea means serving within the Air Pressure is an absolute choice for you, whether or not you wish to serve a full profession or do a tour. It’s one thing that you may look again on and worth the expertise. Contributing to one thing higher than your self that hopefully helps you turn out to be a extra succesful and resilient human is a win/win state of affairs. I hope anybody who chooses to serve will expertise that.”