After being deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Joel Machak ’03 recently returned to the States and is moving to Ft. Lee, Va., with his wife, Julie Przepierski Machak ’03.
“After a much-needed vacation with Julie in Mexico, it’s off to Ft. Lee, Va., for the Captain’s course,” wrote Joel. “For those who don’t know, I was selected for promotion to CPT last month, but it won’t take effect until this summer. We will be in the Pa. area in late May and early June for various weddings, graduations, and other such visits, so be ready!”
In the photo below, taken at Camp Arifjan, Joel is third from the right. The picture was supposedly for a commercial to be shown sometime around the Super Bowl, but he doesn’t know if it actually aired or not.
“Rumor has it that it was shown during the morning news on KDKA, but I’m not sure,” he said. “It was taped in our motorpool, on our trucks. I don't know who most of the other people are—they just showed up with the camera guy. We must have done thirty takes for this thing.”