Welcome, BeachComer. And thank you for your service.
There is an incredible wealth of information in this forum, and you would be well served by working your way through the archives and gleaning every bit. I knew absolutely nothing about growing hops, but this forum got me up and running a couple of years ago and I've had two highly productive harvests already, and a freezer full of vac-sealed "Three Cs" hops for 2013.
Cheers - and best of luck on your adventure!