Cameron Gamble and Don Shipley part one

| January 7, 2017

Cameron and Shipley

You might remember the story of Sherri Papini’s kidnapping in November. She was released mostly because of the efforts of Cameron Gamble, an Air Force veteran who was hired by an anonymous donor to secure her release. He gave them a time frame in which they could accept a large cash payment in exchange for Sheri. When they didn’t respond in an appropriate amount of time, Cameron took the offer off of the table and told the criminals that he was coming for them. Within hours, Papini was found alongside a country road and unharmed, mostly.

In the aftermath, the amateur phony hunters came out of the woodwork questioning Gamble’s experience and training. Like Katie Zavadski and Kelly Weill at the Daily Beast.

For years, Gamble sold anti-abduction courses, touting his alleged military training. Gamble advertised himself as a specialist in kidnapping-prevention training, although his actual record in that field, and as a hostage negotiator, is vague at best. According to military service records, he enlisted in the Air Force 2002 and was discharged in July 2005. He was a Senior Airman when he was discharged, a rank just above Airman First Class, assigned to work as a vehicle operations apprentice. The Air Force could not provide the terms of his discharge, but bankruptcy filings show he received disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He often cites his Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape training in online biographies, and the Air Force confirmed that he has completed a Combat Survival Training Course—as do all aircrew members. He also claims to have trained special forces soldiers at Fort Rucker in Alabama, but the Army post did not respond to requests by The Daily Beast to confirm Gamble’s claim.

After leaving the Air Force, Gamble founded multiple companies with military-sounding names including the Catalyst Advanced Training Group and Project TAKEN.

Even I have trouble with the records of folks who have served in special warfare units, which is why I have friends in the various branches that help me sort through the stuff. The Daily Beast and others haven’t bothered with the experts. Cameron went to Don Shipley to clear his name.

Don called today and asked us to help get the story out there. He has promised several other iterations of his interviews with Gamble. Here’s his introduction. Language warning;

Category: Real Soldiers

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  1. Ex-PH2 says:

    It says ‘video unavailable’? Okay, well, I’m curious, but I’ll go make cookies in the interim.

  2. ex-OS2 says:

    He has some balls going to Don Shipley, looking forward to the next video.

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Big brass ones… unlike a disbarred, scrotum faced assclown in Florida who claims that he’s an “Honorary” CPO…

  3. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    Language warning? For what? Sounded perfectly normal to me. Around children and prudes is different.

    • 68W58 says:

      No different than any other Shipley video. Anyone who has been in any self-respecting combat unit knows that f-bombs are just punctuation.

  4. aGrimm says:

    If Shipley says he is okay, I’m good with CG.

    I hadn’t seen the story, so the “Perils of Pauline” teaser here has me drooling (yeah I’m a typical squid) with anticipation for parts 2-12. In the teaser, you could have left out the part where he got the girl in the end, though this does save me a box of Kleenex.

  5. Ex-PH2 says:

    No gun dogs to get the birds out of the water?

    • 26Limabeans says:

      I wanna see them defeather, cook (if that’s possible) and eat one of those giant flying balls of grease.
      Bringing them down though is hilarious fun.

    • Thomas Huxton says:

      well, Don’s duck calls didn’t bring them in, had to flush them with a helicopter. around here we feed resident (local) birds; they cluster around the feeding site and draw in the wild birds. We do not need decoys. the locals do not even flinch at gunfire. the local birds become real nuisances all year. crapping on docks and swim floats, scaring children and will walk in your house if the door is left open.

      • Don Shipley says:

        The Eastern Shore of Maryland is the Goose Hunting Capital of the World, Tom… Wild birds that migrate here and have been hard hunted already that makes them extremely wary.
        Cameron and I already had two geese before the blackhawk flew by and flushed a 1000+ agitated birds and we were able to decoy two of them to a beautiful cupping pitch into our decoys spread and we ended our hunt.

        Like Cameron’s naysayers that have nothing good to say and the reason I did these videos…

        I used a goose call and not a duck call, Great White Hunter Tom…

        • Thomas Huxton says:

          you will find out about resident geese eventually. only swans are meaner, They love astroturf and will crap on every square foot of your swim float and dock.
          they do love crabgrass your lawn will be clean and green because they also fertilize.

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          Oh, lighten up, you two.
          I have wild birds on my front steps all winter, and migrating birds every spring because they come back on time. But if it’s cold, the snow cover buries the seeds and prevents the emergence of bugs they need to survive.

          Grackles, redwinged blackbirds, brownheaded cowbirds, goldfinches, house finches, purple finches, grosbeaks, white-throated sparrows and white-crowned sparrows, never mind the birds that stick around all winter. The migratory birds should not be at my feeder, but I’m one of the few places they can fill up before they move on if the weather’s too cold for bugs to emerge.

          Yeah, I have pictures, too. And what they spill on the lawn means the soil gets aerated when they scratch and peck for it.

          All I have to do is whistle.

          • 26Limabeans says:

            Grackles. They show up by the thousands and raid all the robin nests every spring. Shit all over everything with caustic soda laced poop that peels the paint off vehicles. Shoot a bunch and hang the carcass from a branch near the robins nest and watch the rest of them freak out like little whining libtards.

            • Claw says:

              Grackles – the Idaho state bird/smile.

              Hour upon hour of pure entertainment to watch a pair of them tag-team the food dish with the old dog in the neighbor’s backyard.

            • Ex-PH2 says:

              I like it when the grackles pick fights with each other, and then get startled and fly out of my yard in a great black cloud of squawking birds, just missing the neighbors’ cars.

      • Dave Hardin says:

        Easy, the Squid gets a little pissy when you fuck with his quack.

  6. NR Pax says:

    He went to Shipley? If he was a faker, he’s be a very brave and stupid one.

  7. Dave Hardin says:

    What do they call a street that only goes the same direction all the time?

  8. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    I don’t the first thing about this matter, but I know the conclusion: If Shipley says the man is legit, he’s legit. Shipley can smell a bullshitter from a mile away and he says he picked over this guy for some 12 hours. Done.

  9. Jeff Rzoska says:

    If Shipley can’t ferret the truth out of this guy, nobody can!End of story !

  10. cato says:

    I wasn’t aware of the controversy involving Cameron Gamble.
    What I am aware of is the honesty and integrity of Senior Chief Shipley.
    I need nothing more.

    I hope those who spread BS regarding Cameron Gamble rise to the level of professionalism to make it right.

    • Bubblehead Ray says:

      I’m with Cato. I didn’t know anything about this situation, or about the controversy over Cameron, but if the Senior Chief says he’s the real deal, then that’s all I need to hear. Bravo Zulu Cameron

  11. jarhead says:

    The older we get, the more we have been bull-shitted so many different ways through our life…..which hopefully leads us to wisdom through the years. In spite of my initial gut feeling for this dude, every swingin’ dick who reads this knows how much Don Shipley is putting at stake. My money would have to go on Shipley and his reputation, if anybody wants to risk a Ben Franklin.

  12. Mike Kozlowski says:

    …My feelings are pretty much the same: if this guy was going to sit within six feet of an ARMED Chief Shipley, then he’s either the craziest SOB who ever popped up here or he’s what he says he is.


  13. rick says:

    Gamble is for real. Shipley could sniff out a fake military man from a room full of politicians.