Lieutenant Colonel Savage was born in Tucson, Arizona on September 17, 1971. He grew up there until the age of ten, then moved to southern California where he attended high school and the first two years of community college. Due to his love for the outdoors, he moved to Oregon to complete college, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Portland State University. After working for some time in the engineering field, he received an offer from the Marine Corps to attend Officer Candidate School on a flight contract.
After being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in August 1998, he attended The Basic School followed by the Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, Virginia to receive an additional Military Occupational Specialty as an Infantry Officer. From Quantico, Lieutenant Colonel Savage relocated to Pensacola, Florida to attend the Aviation Preflight Indoctrination course, learning the basics of flight and aeronautics. Upon graduation, he relocated to Corpus Christi, Texas and attended Primary Flight training, flying the T-34C. After that he moved on to Kingsville, Texas for the final portion of flight school flying the T-45 basic jet trainer, where he was designated as a Naval Aviator in the Marine Corps in August 2001.
From Kingsville, Texas, Lieutenant Colonel Savage relocated to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California and joined VMFAT-101 as an F/A-18 student until completion in December 2002. After F/A-18 training, Lieutenant Colonel Savage joined his first operational squadron, VMFA(AW)-121 the Green Knights, and immediately deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning from Kuwait, Lieutenant Colonel Savage began basic fleet training to receive flight lead qualifications, instructor certifications, and to deploy to Iwakuni, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program from March to September 2005.
In June 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Savage relocated back to Quantico, Virginia to attend the Expeditionary Warfare School until the summer of 2007 when he got orders back to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. From there he received orders to serve an Individual Augmentation billet as a Marine liaison in the Combined Air Operations Center in Qatar supporting combat flight operations in the Middle East. Completing this deployment in March 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Savage was ordered back to VMFA(AW)-121, the Green Knights.
For his second tour in the Green Knights he immediately deployed back to Iwakuni, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program from September 2008 to March 2009. After returning from deployment, and already designated as an Air Combat Tactics Instructor and Mission Commander, he was selected to attend the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Yuma, Arizona. Upon graduation, he was appointed as the Pilot Training Officer of VMFA(AW)-121. While serving as the Pilot Training Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Savage once again deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program from March to September 2010.
Completing the deployment in September 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Savage was permanently relocated to Iwakuni, Japan. From September 2010 he served as the Officer in Charge of the Marine Aviation Training Support Site. He remained in this position for one year as the senior Flight Lead Standardization Evaluator until being reassigned to VMFA(AW)-242 as the Operations Officer and subsequently the Executive Officer until July 2013.
After his tour of duty in Japan, Lieutenant Colonel Savage accepted orders to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California as the Fires and Effects Section Chief and senior Air Officer in the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group until July 2016. While there, he attended the Tactical Air Control Party course and the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course to attain the Air Officer qualification.
In July 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Savage requested and received orders to Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. During this most recent assignment, he served as the Fires Branch Chief and the Crisis Branch Chief where he oversaw kinetic and non-kinetic strike operations and crisis planning evolutions. During this tour, he deployed multiple times to various locations in Africa and most notably to a remote post in Africa to be the Officer in Charge of a small Contingency Support Location that oversaw counter-terrorism operations in Somalia.
From Africa Command, Lieutenant Colonel Savage received orders back to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California to fulfill duties as the Executive Officer and an F/A-18 flight instructor in VMFAT-101.
Lieutenant Colonel Savage’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal.