Name: Gable (Bear) Cundiff
Lima 3/7, Kilo 3/7, USS Belleauwood LHA-3 (Ground Combat Element for the 31st MEUSOC)
Area of Service:
Mogadishu, Somalia (31st MEUSOC)
Prior To Service:
I wanted to serve a greater purpose than just myself. I also wanted a challenge and to travel the world. Also, my family has a tradition of military service dating back to the Revolutionary War.
Why Did You Choose your Branch of Service:
My uncle was a Marine Corps infantryman with 3 tours in Vietnam. I always wanted to be like him when I was a kid. He used to tell me that I just wasn’t tough enough to be a Marine. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.
After Your Service:
I started out driving tow truck and doing off road recoveries. Then I went to work doing security at a bar in California, was quickly advanced to head of security. Then I moved back to AZ and got a job at Tens Showclub doing security. Not long after starting that job the owner of Tens offered me a job driving his personal limo and providing personal security to featured entertainers when they were in town. After Tens, I went to work at Elyte ATM doing cash and level one maintenance on ATMs, then became their Security and Operations Manager, then General Branch Manager for the Tucson and Southern Arizona Region. I got recruited by Diedold Inc where I did vault, safe, and safe deposit box work (PM, Repair, Forced Entry), electrical/mechanical troubleshooting/ repairs, and level 2 hardware/ software/ firmware on ATMS, Alarm, CCTV, card access, and pneumatic teller systems. Diebold transferred me to Denver where I worked as the team leader for the Denver Metro ATM service team. I then got promoted to project management where I was responsible for assembling estimates as well as coordinating job site assets (contractors, equipment, technicians, and manufacturing) for installation of ATMs, electronic security, and physical security for new construction and remodels in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Kansas. I took a medical retirement in 2009.
Why did You Join CVMA:
I joined the CVMA in 2020. I have been riding motorcycles for 30+ years and enjoy helping my fellow veterans. The mission of the CVMA seemed like the perfect fit for me.
I enjoy hunting and fishing. I used to do rock crawling, but due to the expense of frequent repairs I now stick with just Jeep trails. I have also been custom building 1911 pistols for many years. I have worked on cars and motorcycles most of my life. In recent years I have spent more time teaching my son the craft instead of turning the wrenches myself.
DAV Life Member
American Legion Post 66
American Legion Post 66
None that my wife will allow me to share.