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Lieutenant Commander Dan Sauer

Lt. Cmdr. Sauer is a native of Kirkland, Washington, and a 2010 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography.

Sauer commissioned into the surface warfare community, serving operational tours as the machinery division officer aboard USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and Charlie Platoon commander with Coastal Riverine Squadron 4. In 2014 he lateral transferred to the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) community and upon completion of training reported to EOD Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2. As a surface warfare officer, he deployed in support of U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Central Command and as an EOD officer he has deployed to various locations in USEUCOM and U.S. Africa Command.

Ashore, he served as the officer in charge of EODMU-2 Detachment Crane and as the operations officer for the world’s largest mine countermeasures force, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 52 in Manama, Bahrain.

He currently serves as the executive officer for Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) in Niceville, Florida, the world’s premier EOD training school that provides EOD training to the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, U.S. Government Agencies, and international students from all over the world.

Sauer is a qualified EOD officer, surface warfare officer, diving officer, naval parachutist, and small craft officer. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

Last Updated: 6 February 2023

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