Gabriel Castleberry joined the Marines in February of 1999. Having been assigned to 2nd Battalion 2nd Marine Division, Company G, he held several leadership billets, the last being a squad leader, where he successfully led Marines in the Balkans, Africa, and combat operations in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.
Upon being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Mr. Castleberry attended Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois, before transferring to University of North Carolina at Wilmington to finish his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Realizing first-hand the educational demands and the hyper competitive nature of the workforce, he went on to attain a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Strategic Planning and Management, also from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.
Gabriel comes to the 03XX Foundation as a co-founder and Director of Merchandising. Gabriel founded and owns 03 Designs & Apparel in 2012, a custom graphic design and apparel business providing a diverse menu of merchandise and services to the Foundation. He currently resides in San Diego California.
Gabriel has spent the last ten years reaching out to veterans returning from current conflicts, ensuring they receive the assistance needed to successfully transition to the civilian workforce. Gabriel has developed and managed programs ranging from employment transition for wounded, ill, and injured veterans to recreational therapy (Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Wilmington, NC). His knowledge and experience of program development in conjunction with his vast network from Washington D.C. to San Diego bring a wealth of resources to the Foundation.
In his free time he’s a devoted husband, father, and friend. He enjoys reading, fly fishing, spending quality time with his family, and stays busy building his business and helping garner support for 03XX Foundation.
03XX Foundation is a unique organization. There are many like it, but this one is ‘ours’. These men are my best friends. They are my life. We must help them master life as we’re mastering our own. Without us many are clueless. Without them we are useless. I must guide my brothers true. We’ve shot straighter than our enemy, who tried to kill us. We shot them before they shot us. We did. Before God I swear this creed: my brothers and I are defenders of our country, we are the masters of our lives, our destinies, and our enemies. We are the saviors of our brothers. So be it, until we are all home safe, there is no enemy, and all that remains is peace.
Jim Fox enlisted in 1991 as an 0311, Rifleman. He was served with Marine Corps Security Forces – Pax River, then with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines and 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines of Camp Pendleton, CA.
Following his time in service, he returned to central Florida where he was hired by the financial firm Primerica/Citigroup, a Dow Jones 30 company. After eight years as their Regional Manager, Jim opened his own financial firm, Wadadli Financial Group, in 2006. He helped families develop financial plans to become debt free and financially independent. Jim assisted nearly six thousand clients in his seventeen years in the south east. It was an easy decision to ask Jim to serve as the Chief Financial Officer for the 03XX Foundation.
Jim attributes his business success to the ethics and commitment he learned as a Marine Rifleman. Our Members continue to benefit from his expertise, “It is among my personal missions to mentor other 03XX Veterans in achieving financial success and independence.”
In his personal life, Jim enjoys traveling with family, hunting, fishing and competing in International Defensive Pistol Association matches as a top-ranked shooter. He resides in Central Florida with Michelle, his wife of fifteen years, and their two young children Hunter and River.
Ryan served from 1999 to 2003 as an 0351 Infantry Assaultman with 3/8 Kilo Co and as a designated marksmen with the 4th MEB Anti-Terrorism. He served in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following the honorable completion of his service, Ryan returned home and earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.
After graduation, Ryan transitioned into the coffee trading business where he has served in managerial roles on three continents for the last 9 years through a top-tier coffee trade house. Ryan’s career in coffee has encompassed a diverse array of the business of coffee including marketing specialty coffees, coordinating between coffee farmers and certifying agencies like Rain Forest Alliance, overseeing coffee processing operations and exporting, trading commercial coffees, and conducting research and speculative trading for hedge funds and prop desks.
Before serving as the Chief Operating Officer for the Foundation, Ryan volunteered as a case manager with 03XX and worked with CFO Jim Fox to develop a financial training program for transitioning Marines. He previously served on the board and as a volunteer of NY Marine Executive Association.