General Dailey's 30-year aviation career embodied the pioneer ethos associated with individuals who have advanced the art and science of flight and who have shared in their remarkable success in combat. He received combat leadership accolades during two tours in Vietnam where he flew more than 2,500 combat hours. He has commanded at all levels of Army aviation, and his career reflects a strong blend of Infantry, Aviation, Airborne, Special Forces, and Special Operations assignments. His command of Aviation units at three prominent levels has earned him a national and international reputation as an authority in combat aviation.
As the commanding officer of Task Force 160, our nation's most prestigious Aviation unit, he was instrumental in developing night vision techniques and modernization for the Special Operations community. His contributions in aviation night capability continue to serve as the vanguard for Army aviation advancement into the 21st century.
Following his assignment in the counter-terrorist force, he served as the Deputy Commanding General for the United States Army Special Forces Command during Operation Desert Storm.
General Dailey has been awarded the Distinguished Order of Saint Michael's Silver Medallion for significant career contributions to Army aviation. He was also recently inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star Medal, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two awards of the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with 53 Oak Leaf Clusters. He is a Master Army Aviator and Master Parachutist.
A founder of the University of New Hampshire ROTC Alumni Chapter, his vision and leadership has enhanced community support for the Army and Air Force ROTC programs. He has served as Chairman of the Chapter's Board of Directors for four years. During that period, the organization grew to 400 members and professionally inducted 13 of its most distinguished veterans into the ROTC Hall of Fame.