Welcome to the forum, Sarge.
You've come to the right place to get you on the road. Lots of very knowledgable builders with experience and willing to share.
My guess is you're at Fort Drum? My brother, a Florida resident, was there for one winter and said he never wanted to go back. Snow on the ground for six months out of a year
You'll be happy when Spring gets here. Keep us informed of your progress.