Welcome from Ohio, and Semper Fi!
I agree with the others, start with Shug's videos. Very informative, and very entertaining. His delivery in them is not overwhelming, and definitely not boring. If you can, get out to a group hang. I haven't met a bad person yet at one, and everyone is always willing to help another in need. Must be something about the hammock "culture". I was ALWAYS a solo hiker prior to my first group hang, now about 75% of my trips are with other hangers.
If you're going to a winter hang make sure you read up on insulation...a hammock is different than a tent, when it comes to what's underneath you, but a foam pad will keep you warm either way. I started with a pad. It's cheap, light, and warm, just not the most comfortable way to sleep.
I've had the pleasure of hanging with Knotty at Dolly Sods. The man knows his stuff, and I'm sure can give you a few pointers about making your own gear in addition to general questions.
The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!
~Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945