More Gamble Garbage
'Project Taken' takes off – Man with local ties creates program to promote safety Siskiyou Daily News (Yreka, CA) – October 11, 2011 Author/Byline: JB; Daily News Staff WriterSection: NewsPage: A1Readability: 11-12 grade level (Lexile: 1210) YREKA – On Oct. 29 in Red-ding, Project Taken, the brainchild of Cameron Gamble, will offer a one-day seminar in awareness, prevention and survival of stalking, abuse and abduction.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Gamble, an aspiring pilot, was working for an airline in Chico when the World Trade Center was attacked.
"When the National Guard came to the airport to provide security and I saw how proud and dedicated those people were I was just so impressed," he said. "And I decided that was what I wanted to do."
Gamble grew up in Korbel, Calif., near Blue Lake, where he met Jennifer, his wife-to-be, who grew up in Yreka.
"She used to come to Korbel to visit her aunt and uncle at their horse ranch, and I was what you might call their stable boy," Gamble said. "So we've known each other since we were about 12 years old. But eventually we lost touch with each other."
In April of 2002, after what Gamble describes as "extensive physical and mental preparation," he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. It wasn't until he went back home to Korbel to spend some time with his parents before being deployed that Gamble and Jennifer crossed paths again.
They realized they were both living in Redding at the time, and began dating. Gamble said she has since become his biggest fan and supporter and serves as a constant advisor on domestic abuse, planning and marketing, in addition to keeping the family running when he travels.
After his honorable discharge from the military, Gamble worked for a private contracting firm where he continued to further his knowledge of captivity avoidance and survival as he went through advanced prisoner of war, peacetime detention and hostage survival training schools.
Over the next few years he taught Army aviators, Rangers and special forces, U.S. Secret Service and Marine Corp Special Operations Command, as well as Christian missionary groups traveling to primitive and heavily persecuted regions of the world.
According to Gamble, his experience with missionary groups in 2006 was a turning point in his professional trajectory. Gamble said he began to realize that in modern warfare, military prisoners were no longer the main body of abductees, and many victims were now civilians who never had the benefit of specialized military training.
"Up until then all I wanted to do was fly," Gamble said. "But that was more of a selfish perspective."
It was then that Gamble said he began working on developing a program that could give civilians the benefit of this training without compromising the security of government operations.
"We become great at this when we get in the mindset of practicing 'intentional awareness,'" Gamble said. "It becomes a part of who we are, and when we drive a half a mile down the road to the grocery store we can't help but analyze every moving, living, breathing thing, ensuring it doesn't negatively affect our safety."
In 2010, Gamble got Project Taken up and running. In addition to the workshops offered by Project Taken, the website offers free membership, which includes weekly video tips and a free question and answer option that allows direct communication with Gamble, he said.
"I really want to be able to reach even those who can't afford the $99 workshops," Gamble told the Daily News.
Gamble says he wants to bring this training into the school systems in Shasta, Siskiyou and surrounding counties.
"People need to understand that so much happens in Yreka, Redding and other communities around here that we don't even know about because we aren't trained to see them," he said. "And it's going to take the whole community to change that. I can't do it alone."
For more information about Project Taken, visit www.projecttaken.com Record: 53af7268a0d842d1632f3eca669d0141Copyright: Copyright 2011 Siskiyou Daily News. All Rights Reserved.