Marshal Skaggs was born in a small town in central Illinois in 1980. He joined the military as a counterintelligence agent when he was 20. After 9/11, although trained in counterintelligence, he was assigned to be an interrogator. Skaggs was stationed at the Bagram Collection Point in Bagram, Afghanistan in 2002, where he worked with Damien Corsetti. After Afghanistan, in 2003, Skaggs worked as an interrogator in Iraq.