Lieutenant Colonel Baum is Commander, AFROTC Detachment 752 and Professor of Aerospace Studies, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He leads a cadre of officers and enlisted responsible for recruiting, educating, training and motivating officer candidates for the United States Air Force.
Colonel Baum is a graduate of AFROTC and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science. After entering the Air Force in 1999, he attended Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) at Sheppard Air Force Base, TX, where he earned his wings in 2001. He went on to become a distinguished graduate of the F-16 basic course and instructor pilot at the USAF Weapons School. Colonel Baum served as instructor and evaluator pilot in combat and training squadrons as well as the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron - The Thunderbirds. He completed staff tours as a Strategic Communications Fellow, the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. and as the Chief of Air Dominance Requirements, Operational Capability Requirements, Headquarters U. S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Colonel Baum has served in various fighter squadron and Wing positions. Colonel Baum is a senior pilot with more than 2,300 flying hours in the F-16 and has flown 265 combat hours during operations JOINT FORGE, JOINT GUARDIAN, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.
- 1999 Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- 1999 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
- 2004 Joint Firepower Course, Nellis AFB, NV
- 2006 United States Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV
- 2006 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, AL
- 2008 Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
- 2009 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
- 2012 Master of Arts, Strategic Communication, George Mason University
- 2013 Strategic Communications Fellowship, IDE in residence
- July 1999 – April 2000, APT/Squadron Scheduler, 68th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, GA
- May 2000 – June 2001, Student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, TXJuly 2001 – September 2001, Student, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, 435th Fighter Squadron, Randolph AFB, TX
- July 2001 – September 2001, Student, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, 435th Fighter Squadron, Randolph AFB, TX
- October 2001 – July 2002, Student, F-16 Basic Qualification Training Course, 62nd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ
- August 2002 – Jun 2005, Instructor Pilot, Squadron Scheduler, Air-to Air Weapons Officer, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy
- July 2005 – Dec 2005, Instructor and Evaluator Pilot, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 524th Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM
- January 2006 – June 2006, Student, USAF Weapons Instructor Course, 16th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV
- July 2006 – October 2007, Chief of Weapons, 522nd Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM
- November 2007 – December 2008, USAF Weapons School Instructor, F-35 Tactics Development Team Lead and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 16th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV
- January 2009 – May 2011, USAF Thunderbird’s Demonstration Pilot and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 57 Wing, Nellis AFB, NV
- June 2011 – December 2012, Student, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
- January 2013 – April 2014, Strategic Communications Fellow - Chief of Media and Leadership Engagement Branch, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- May 2014 – April 2015, Chief of Air Dominance Requirements Branch, Operational Capability Requirements, Headquarters U. S. Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- May 2015 – Present, Commander, AFROTC Detachment 752 and Professor of Aerospace Studies, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
- Rating: Senior Pilot
- Flight hours: More than 2,300 including 265.5 combat hours
- Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-16 Blocks 25-52
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATION
- Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
- Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
- Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
- Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
- Combat Action Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
- Second Lieutenant 09 Jun 1999
- First Lieutenant 09 Jun 2001
- Captain 09 Jun 2003
- Major 01 Mar 2009
- Lieutenant Colonel 01 Sep 2014
(Current as of July 2015)