Navy Captain promoted near USS Arizona Memorial

Overlooking the famous USS Arizona Memorial, Commander Michael Saum, son of Patricia Dougherty of Dunkirk and Charles Saum of Elkton, Fla., was promoted to Captain in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. The ceremony was held on Jan. 31, 2014 on Ford Island in the middle of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). Captain Saum’s Oath of Office was lead by JBPHH Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey James and his change of rank, replacement of shoulder boards, was accomplished with assistance from his wife Cheryl and two sons.

A native of Pawling, N.Y., Capt. Saum was commissioned in 1992 through the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from Union College, Schenectady, and obtained a M.S. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkley.

During a career spanning 22 years, he has completed assignments as a civil engineer with the U.S. Navy Seabees and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) throughout the world including duty stations on the east and west coasts of the U.S., and tours in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy. His command tours include Underwater Construction Team ONE in Little Creek, Va., and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE out of Gulfport, Miss., which included multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

He is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, a member of the Department of Defense’s Acquisition Professional Community, a registered Professional Engineer in California and Oregon and a Basic Diving Officer.

Captain Saum is currently working at NAVFAC Hawaii as the JBPHH Facilities and Environmental department head and coordinates the work of 900 Navy and Air Force military and Navy civilian personnel who support the shore establishment at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.