earned an engineering degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University, and a Masters in Military Art and Science from the Army Command and General Staff College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.   He was a member of the staff and faculty at West Point for seven years designing and teaching leadership and related courses. He has been an adjunct faculty member at USC since 1976. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star w/V, 5 Legions of Merit, the Purple Heart, ARCOM w/V and other awards for exceptional service. His military career included assignments in Special Operations, high level staff and as an instructor at West Point.

Mr. Lenti is the past director of the SC Small Business Development Center Program. The program coaches entrepreneurs in methodologies to turn a business idea into reality or enhance an already existing enterprise. He helped develop similar business assistance programs in Poland, Hungary and Germany for the Small Business Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Lenti is the CEO of the Celebrate Freedom Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating children, promoting patriotism and honoring the military.


Maj. Gen. (ret) John M. Lenti

SSG (ret) Jeremy Wilzcek

is an Army infantry veteran, with three combat tours, deploying to both Afghanistan and Iraq. During his 3rd tour in Iraq, Jeremy was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his actions during an ambush which resulted in multiple casualties. Jeremy feels truly blessed to be able to give back to other veterans.


Jerry Kykisz

is a curator at the National Veterans Art Museum located in downtown Chicago. Jerry also served as an infantry officer in Vietnam and feels a strong affinity for today’s returning veterans. Jerry is a strong proponent of “Art Therapy” and currently has a traveling exhibit called The Conflict Zone. Jerry is heavily involved with the West Coast Wellness Center and advising us on our concept for the Memorial.

Aaron Wayne Dimmock

of New London, Connecticut, grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1996.  As a Naval Officer and aviator, he gained leadership and operational experience in all major theaters around the world having completed deployments in support of Operations Allied Force, Joint Guardian, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism.  He is a guest lecturer for the Performance Management Group at Virginia Commonwealth University and has embraced a life of public service.  He is humbled by the opportunity to serve as a member of this team of advisors.

Lane McKinney (SFC, ret)