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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]


WASHINGTON, D.C.  (April 8, 2014) – Military-focused video game charity  Operation Supply Drop today announced it has created a board of advisors composed of leaders in the video games industry and former military personnel to support its rapid expansion and increase the total number of charitable activities it pursues. Operation Supply Drop has also named  Glenn “Commander” Banton, Sr. as  Chairman of the Board. In addition to his current role as the organization’s Chief Marketing Officer, Banton will oversee the Board of Advisors and focus on expanded outreach as well as business and partnership development on behalf of Operation Supply Drop.

“When we began Operation Supply Drop, I never imagined we would grow at such a rapid pace,” said Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga, Operation Supply Drop’s founder. “With the addition of this distinguished team that includes military veterans and experienced video game industry leaders, we will be able to exponentially extend our level of support to troops around the globe.”

Operation Supply Drop’s roster of board members and advisors includes:

Mark Christianson, Executive Editor of  Off Duty Gamers  and former U.S. Army Paratrooper (82nd Airborne Division), he also served as Secretary and Chairman of the 82nd Airborne Association's Chicago chapter.

Mario Kroll, long-time video game marketing and PR executive, owner of video game industry consultancy  UberStrategist, founder of and former NCO in the U.S. Army JAG Corps

Jason Schauble, currently Chief Revenue Officer at  Silencerco and former executive at TrackingPoint and Remington, he was a founding member of United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), charged with building their special operations capabilities from scratch in 2006. Jason served as a U.S. Marine infantry NCO, officer and Force Recon taskforce commander in Iraq, receiving the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device and a Purple Heart

Yvonna Lynn, accomplished actress, model, and founder of the  Charisma+2 agency, she is also a long-standing board member of the  IGDA Dallas chapter

Their full backgrounds and photos of the Operation Supply Drop advisors and leadership team  can be found here.

The board’s role is to identify and pursue suitable partnerships and awareness-building opportunities, as well as promote the organization’s overall initiatives, including its upcoming “8-Bit Salute,” a 24-hour gaming marathon with a goal of raising $1 million (USD) to continue its morale-boosting missions.The third annual 8-Bit Salute will take place May 17-18, 2014. For more information, to start or join a team, or to donate to this great cause, please visit  http://www.operationsupplydrop

About Operation Supply Drop:

Founded in 2010 by former Army Airborne Ranger, Captain Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga, Operation Supply Drop is a 501©(3) public charity that sends video game themed care packages to servicemen and women deployed to combat zones or recovering in military hospitals. To date, Operation Supply Drop has raised over $700,000 in games and gear from across the gaming community and has helped approximately 2,500 active duty military members and veterans worldwide. For more information please visit