Originally from Maryland, near Washington D.C., I now reside in Kentucky. My education is a B.A. in history (with a focus on military history) and a minor in chemistry. I served in the Air Force during the first Gulf War. My hobbies include military history, war gaming (board/card/computer), gardening, stargazing, and writing. I started reading articles on Seeking Alpha back in 2007, but joined later in 2008. Though I don't comment much, I do visit this site often and read a lot of articles. My first stock investment was in 2005, so I consider myself a novice investor. I focus mainly on dividend paying stocks for my investments.