Elm was born in the Philippines but grew up in Central Europe, following his father from station to station, in the US Army. After living abroad most his life, Elm came back to California and earned his Bachelors in Psychology from the University of California at Davis. At Davis, he got his ROTC commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in 1996. He spent the next 6 years in the Army as a Light Cavalry Scout with 10th Mountain Division. During his time in the Army, he also earned his Master’s of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. In 2002, he left the Army as a Captain. Since then he has worked primarily in Supply Chain. Elm has a passion for life and enjoys all aspects of it to include writing, poetry, and music. He maintains the Warrior-Poet balanced lifestyle. Lastly, he is a father of two daughters.