Charlie Bailey joined CLF as Director of Development & Military Programs in December 2023. He is a former Infantry and Military Intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He successfully led more than 500 combat patrols in Mosul, Iraq from August 2005 to June 2006 to include countless raids on High Value Targets, long range surveillance, and close target reconnaissance. Charlie’s platoon was responsible for the capture of more than 200 senior enemy leaders and over 450 total enemy personnel.
Unfortunately, in June of 2006, Charlie was seriously wounded by an improved explosive device (IED), one of many that targeted his platoon throughout his deployment. He suffered a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the loss of his left eye. While he refused to accept medical retirement and served another 10 years on active duty, to include a combat deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, he began experiencing seizures and was diagnosed with TBI-induced epilepsy in 2016 that forced him into medical retirement. Charlie then helped design and scale national veteran transition programs with both the USO and The COMMIT Foundation. He also served in a senior operations management position with EMCOR for several years prior to joining CLF in a full-time capacity. He has served on CLF's Veteran Advisory Board since 2020. The combination of his own experience and that of the men and women he served beside, makes CLF’s mission deeply personal to Charlie and inspires him to help drive awareness, prevention and treatment of concussions, TBI and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) among athletes, veterans, and their families.
Charlie holds Master’s degrees in International Relations from Oklahoma University and Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.