I'm a 30 year-old officer in the United States Air Force. As a public affairs officer, I have significant experience with researching, writing and editing articles and photography. Some of the photos I've uploaded were taken during my official duties -- most, however, are taken during my personal time with my own camera.
At work we use a variety of cameras, but on my own time I use a Nikon D50 with a variety of lenses. It's an excellent camera that I will gladly recommend to anyone looking for an entry-level DSLR.
Interests/areas of expertise
Although I'm qualified to speak on behalf of the USAF, under most circumstances it isn't appropriate for me to do so on Wikipedia. In some cases representatives of the US military have taken to actively editing and upkeeping articles about themselves on Wikipedia (see USSTRATCOM), but that isn't an official policy of the Department of Defense.
More personally, I have a strong background in botany, zoology, ecology and environmental issues. My secondary education includes a Bachelor of Philosophy in Environmental Science, and I worked for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency before joining the Air Force.
I have a strong interest in photography, and typically spend several hours a week out and about with my camera. I have access to several parks, preserves and forests here in Eastern
Nebraska Texas, so if there's some natural item or phenomena out here that you think needs a photo on Wikipedia, please leave me a note on my talk page.
Featured Photography criteria
I place a strong emphasis on the content of a photo, moreso than the technical execution. I prefer photos that tell a story or clearly illustrate a concept. As a Wikipedian, I value photos with encyclopedic value, though I won't discount a photo simply because it lacks EV. I hold staged or posed photos to a very high bar, especially if the subject is permanent or easily reproducible (i.e. landscapes, buildings, portraits). Transient events get more leeway from a technical perspective; photos that cannot be realistically reproduced get a lot of leeway.
Some photos I'm currently kicking around.