Captain Machuga is a 1998 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Russian linguistics on an ROTC scholarship.
He is a former Army Infantry/Military Intelligence officer and Airborne Ranger, having spent the majority of his service at Fort Bragg with the 82nd Airborne Division.
In 2003, he deployed to Iraq with 2nd Infantry Division and whittled through the seemingly endless 13-month deployment with the help of video games.
Captain Machuga left the service in 2006, where he moved to Washington DC with his wife Margo to work as a government counterterrorism analyst.
Once he started to see success with his charity work, his wife and he moved back home to Pittsburgh to run Stack-Up full time.