I was born in Wilson, North Carolina. At the age of 15, I left home, to attend Fork Union Military Academy (four year boarding school) in Fork Union, Virginia. I played basketball and helped manage the Lacrosse team. I attended Fork Union Military Academy from 1999-2002. I enjoyed the military lifestyle and structure. I graduated with an advanced studies diploma. 

After graduating from Fork Union Military Academy I decided to attend Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. I majored in Political Science and minored in English. I graduated in 2006. I went back home for a couple of years and decided to come back to Vermont. I joined the Vermont Air National Guard. I have now been serving in the Vermont Air National Guard for 11 years.