Captain Saum is a native of Pawling, New York. Commissioned in 1992 through the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, he is an alumnus of Union College, in Schenectady, New York (’92 BSCE), University of California, Berkeley (’01 M. Eng. CE) and The Executive Program at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Saum’s NCF/Operational tours include: Boot Ensign, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40; Officer in Charge, Construction Battalion Unit 427; Commanding Officer, Underwater Construction Team 1; Commanding Officer, NMCB 1 and; Commander, Naval Construction Group 1.
Other Assignments include: Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, Engineering Field Activity, Mediterranean Contracts Office, Sigonella, Sicily; Diving and Littoral Operations Branch Head and Mission Planning Integrated Product Team Leader, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego; Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division Director, Public Works Department, Norfolk; Shore Readiness Analyst, OPNAV N80 (The “Bull Pen”); Public Works Officer, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam; Deputy Commander for Operations, NAVFAC Pacific.
Captain Saum is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, a member of the Acquisition Professional Community, a registered Professional Engineer in California and Oregon, and a Basic Diving Officer.