He was born in Springfield, Missouri and moved at a young age to New Hampshire. He graduated high school in 1991 and entered active duty in the Air Force as a C-141-B Loadmaster stationed at McGuire AFB, NJ. After his initial enlistment he left active duty and went home to NH to attend college at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham, receiving a Bachelorís of Science in Soil Science with a minor in wetland ecology. He worked and lived in the seacoast area of NH for a few years and decided to re-enlist into the Air Force Reserves as a C-5 Loadmaster and member of the 439th Airlift Control Flight (ALCF) at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee Massachusetts. During this time he met his future wife, Heather and after 3 years they moved to Colorado Springs. He joined the 302nd ALCF, and changed airframes again to C-130-H3ís. He participated full time in the reserves until 2010 when he decided to pursue a new future in healthcare. He took pre-requisite courses with the plan to apply to accelerate nursing programs. He was accepted and attended the Accelerated Bachelorís of Nursing program at Beth-El school of Nursing at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) with and expected graduation in the summer of 2014. He and his wife have two dogs, three cats and enjoy any activity that is outdoors.