David Gruber received his B.A. in Microbiology from Rutgers University and his Masters in Strategy from the U.S. Army Command and General Officer Staff College. He spent twenty-one years in the U.S. Navy serving as a pilot, Intelligence Officer, and, Chemical/Biological Warfare specialist. After retiring from the Navy, he was the Senior Planner for the Dallas County Health Department, Dallas, TX, followed by service with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services as Senior Assistant Commissioner for Regional and Local Health Department Oversight, Emergency Preparedness and Response, the Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the NJ State Public Health and Environmental Laboratories. Prior to returning to Texas, he was the Special Assistant to the NJ Director of Homeland Security and Preparedness. He is currently the Texas State Department of State Health Services Associate Commissioner for Regional and Local Health, Border Health, Emergency Preparedness and the Texas Center for Infectious Disease.