Colonel Macaraeg enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) in 1990. He was commissioned as a Field Artillery (FA) Officer in 1996 upon graduation from the Hawaii Military Academy, Officer Candidate School (Distinguished Honor Graduate). In 1999 he started his career at the National Guard Bureau (NGB) in Washington DC and served in various positions in Operational Research and Comptroller career fields. In 2001, he served in the Pentagon Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA), Army G1, Manning Program Evaluation Group validating U.S. Army manning requirements. In 2004, he returned to deploy with the 29th IBCT and served as HHSB, 1-487th FA Battery Commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) III. He concurrently served as the Sea Port of Deembarkation (SPOD) Camp Commander in support of OIF III under ARCENT, Area Support Group-Kuwait.

Upon demobilization from OIF III in 2006, he returned to NGB and was assigned to the ARNG Comptroller Division and served in various Comptroller positions. In 2010, he returned to HIARNG as 1-487th FA Battalion Commander. In 2012-2013 he was selected, attended and graduated from the National War College (NWC) at National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington DC. In 2013-2015 he served in the Pentagon as the Training Military Assistant and Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Army, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, (Training, Readiness and Mobilization) regarding all U.S. Army’s training requirements, resources and policies. From October 2015 through October 2017 served as the ARNG Comptroller directly managing the ARNG’s $16 billion appropriations. His military education includes Field Artillery Officer Basic Course (Honor Graduate), Field Artillery Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College (ILE), ORSA and Comptroller qualification courses and National War College.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, Masters of Business Administration from Touro University, and Masters of Science in National Strategy from NWC. He is a Certified Defense Financial Manager and a Level 3 DoD Financial Manager. His awards and decorations include Legion of Merit Medal (1stOLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6th OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1st OLC), Army Achievement Medal(1st OLC), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (1st OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1st Bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M Device), Army Identification Staff Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Colonel Macaraeg is married to his wife Bene and they have a daughter, Chloe.