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.
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