Honoring our Veterans: Chase Savage
After graduating from a rural high school in Mississippi, Chase Savage enlisted in the United States Marines Corps in 2003 at the age of 18. Growing up, Chase was active in sports and an avid outdoorsman. He felt that joining the military to assist in our country's efforts was a top priority in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Following boot camp, Chase spent several months training in his specialty as a rifleman prior to being deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to Fallujah, Iraq. During the end of this deployment, on November 10, 2004, Chase was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) while operating a machine gun in the turret of his Humvee. Chase was transported back to the United States where he underwent 10 months of recovery and ultimately lost a portion of his right arm as a result of the injury.
After retiring from the Marine Corps, Chase returned to Mississippi to pursue a bachelor's of science degree in wildlife management at Mississippi State University. Chase graduated from MSU with honors in the spring of 2010 and immediately accepted a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Chase is currently stationed in the Northeast Region with the Office of Law Enforcement in Baltimore, Maryland. Located at the BWI Airport, Chase is a wildlife inspector where he interdicts illegal shipments of fish and wildlife being imported/exported to and from the U.S. and facilitates the movement of legal shipments regulated by the Service.
January 9, 2012