David “Gunny” Gambale is a former Marine who obtained his license as a private investigator, fugitive recovery and bail bondsmen in 1996. He spent much of his decorated military career as a recon Marine, drill instructor and naval flight school drill instructor. After retiring from the service, he opened Freedom Bail Bonding, which he has grown into the largest company of its kind in Virginia, with several locations throughout the state. He also partnered with a former Navy Seal to open Black Ice Security Services, a licensed private security firm in Northern Virginia providing protection and investigation services to private and government clients internationally. A co-founder of Knights Armor Security Training, Gambale also maintains a private investigation company.
As for his fourteen years of military service, Gambale entered the Marine Corps in 1982, completing boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., followed by U.S. Army Airborne School (Jump School). He was sent to Okinawa, Japan and assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, which was deployed to Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia. During this time, he became a JumpMaster. After two years in Okinawa, Gambale was assigned to Marine Drill Instructor School at Parris Island, where he graduated second in his class. Assigned to 2nd Battalion Fox Company, he trained approximately 600 Marines, four platoons as a junior drill instructor and five as a senior drill instructor. His next assignment was to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, where he was in charge of all parachute operations. He deployed to multiple locations.
Gambale was then handpicked to become a drill instructor at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. The Naval Aviation Office Training program was for college graduates. If they made it through the rigorous training, they would become Navy officers and enter flight training—just like the movie, An Officer and a Gentlemen.
After leaving Pensacola, Gambale returned to 2nd Recon Battalion and spent several years training there. From Camp Lejeune, he went to the Marine Corps Base in Quantico. The first few years, he was with a unit of just six Marines before being stationed at Headquarters Battalion, Operations. He became the chief instructor for Marine Battle Skills Training (MBST), which entailed taking Marines outside of the combat arms jobs into the field for a week of hard training before they re-qualified with their service weapon at the rifle range.