Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, I graduated from Ritenour High School in 1984. I enrolled at University of Missouri – St. Louis and attended some classes and spent a lot of time at the Student Union. I decided around Thankgiving that year that I didn't want to spend anymore time in school. In March of 1985, I raised my right hand and enlisted in the Air Force. I really found a home there and spent the next 20 years dragging my bags around the world. Along the way, I got married (CINCHOUSE), had a son (Sarge-In-Training, SIT) and completed an AAS in Electronic Systems Technology and a BS in Computer Studies. At the end of my Air Force career, we settled in the Fort Walton Beach, FL area.