President George H.W. Bush
The 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, led the U.S. coalition during the Desert Storm War that secured victory and liberated the Kuwaiti people in just 43 days. "During Operation Desert Storm, our troops served with valor and honor to defend what was right and just. Some lost their lives; others still live today with the wounds suffered in battle. Their sacrifices must not be forgotten," said former President George H.W. Bush. "As president, there is no more solemn duty than sending men and women to war. I am proud to continue serving those who served under me by joining the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association as Honorary Board Chairman. Generations to come must know the victory these men and women won."
Scott C. Stump
CEO & President
Scott served 4 1/2 years as an Infantryman in The U.S. Marine Corps. Scott served 6 months in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Scott is a partner with IllustrateMyLife.com and lives in Waynesville, NC with his wife, Robin, and his son, Scotty, and daughter, Emmy. He is a member of AMVETS, 19-year member of The American Legion, as well as a life member of the VFW.
Bob is a former Navy Radioman with four years of service (1987-1991) and proudly served aboard the USS Caron (DD-970) leading up to, during, and after Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After his military service, Bob went on to complete his education and earned a Bachelors in Science Information Technology; Master’s in Business Administration, and Masters of Psychology. Today, Bob is a proud father of his daughter and works as an IT Project Manager with the United States Department of Agriculture in St. Louis, MO. Additionally, he is a 22-year lifetime member of the VFW.
Colonel Heino Klinck is the Head of Global Strategy and Business Development (Air and Missile Defense), Missile Defense and Protective Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this role, Klinck is the lead international customer interface and synchronizes efforts to provide solutions to air and missile defense challenges encountered by U.S. allies and partners worldwide. In 2016, he completed a 27 year distinguished military career culminating in his position as the Director of Army International Affairs in the Pentagon. Klinck provided political-military analysis and strategic counsel to the U.S. Army’s top leadership; directed Army international programs globally; and coordinated efforts to enhance interoperability with U.S. allies and partners. During his career, he served in a variety of tactical, operational, and strategic assignments throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Klinck served as an Army Foreign Area Officer (FAO) with specializations in both Asia and Europe. He was a Military Attaché at the U.S. Consulate-General in Hong Kong and Macau (2008-10). In the U.S. Embassy Defense Attaché Office in Beijing, he served as a Military Attaché (2004-07), Executive Officer (2007-08), and FAO (1999- 2000). Klinck’s other Asia-focused assignments included the Joint Staff, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Headquarters, U.S. Army Pacific. His East Asian academic training took place at Stanford University and at Beijing Capital Normal University. He conducted much of his professional military education in NATO countries including the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany.
Klinck’s early assignments included command and staff positions in armor, armored cavalry, and military intelligence units. He is a combat veteran, recipient of the Bronze Star Medal as well as awards and decorations from the armies of Germany, Italy, Canada, and Lithuania.
Klinck holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Relations from Boston University; an MBA in International Management from the University of London; a Master of Science degree in Global Strategy and Security from the University of Rome; and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Milan. Klinck lived and worked in the Asia-Pacific for 8 years, in Europe for 15 years, and has varying levels of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian, Spanish, and French.
Bill Carragan, BSIT, MBA, has worked in the Information Technology field since 1996. He currently works as the Director of Technical Services for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office in New Orleans, Louisiana. He manages many inter- and intra-agency projects involving the Criminal Justice System. He also manages all day-to-day technical aspects of his office. Bill served honorably in the Louisiana Army National Guard in the field artillery unit as a forward observer. He resides in Marrero, Louisiana with his wife Sandy. They have two children: a son Billy, and a daughter, Carissa. He spends much of his free time camping with family and friends.
Kyle B. Leggs
Design Committee Chair
Kyle B. Leggs is a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel who served 21 years as a Transportation Corps Officer in the United States Army Reserves from 1986 to 2007. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was deployed to and served in South West Asia from September 13, 1990 to May 25, 1991. He served as a First Lieutenant with the 200 TC Detachment and supervised Movement Control Operations for thousands of soldiers. He is a native of Baltimore, MD, where he has worked as a City Planner for 20 years, and is married with one son who is a Flight Medic in the Air National Guard, has one daughter, and one granddaughter. He is also a lifetime member of the the VFW, AMVETS, and MSU ROTC Alumni Association, a member of NABVETS, and a 17 year member of the American Legion.
Jeff Kurczek, CPA, MBA
CFO & Treasurer
Jeff has worked in the Accounting field since 1996. He is currently employed as a Certified Public Accountant for Dillard Department Stores, Inc. in Little Rock, AR. Jeff served on active duty as an infantryman with the 5th Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment ("Manchu"), 6th Infantry Division ("Light") in Fort Wainwright, AK, from 1987 through 1990. Jeff also served on active
duty with the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arkansas Army National Guard in support of the 1st Infantry Division during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991. He resides in North Little Rock, AR, with his wife Leslie and daughter Lauren. Jeff enjoys the outdoors and spends his free time hunting and fishing.
Kent A. Shively
Design Committee Vice Chair
Kent A. Shively served in the United States Marines Corps and Marine Corps Reserves from 1985 through 1991. On 1 January 1991, his unit, 3rd Battalion 24th Marine Regiment, was deployed to South West Asia as part of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force for Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Upon returning to the United States, Kent received an Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps in June 1991. Currently, Kent resides in Kokomo, IN, with his wife Trisha. They
have two children, a daughter, Lauren, and a son, Andrew, who graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Training in the fall of 2010. Kent is the owner of Shannon Door Company, an interior door and architectural millwork supplier located in Carmel, IN.
Cee Freeman is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was deployed to and served in South West Asia from August 23, 1990 to April 1, 1991. He served with the 82d Signal Battalion, 82d Airborne Division. While attending college, Cee served in Co G 143d Infantry
(LRS) of the Texas Army National Guard. After his military service he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Le Tourneau University in 1998. He is a native of Houston, TX where he is the Vice President and co-owner of Maco Construction, a Design Build Construction Management Firm. He and his wife, Kristi have a son Justin, and a daughter Madyson. He is also a member of the VFW, and a lifetime member of the 82d Airborne Association.
Brenten T. Byrd, M.S., CPS
Communications Committee Chair
Brenten T. Byrd, M.S., CPS, has worked in the mental health field since the mid 1990’s. He currently works as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist for the Veterans Administration in their Psychiatry Department. He manages the Transitional Work Program under the Compensated Work Therapy programs for the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Brenten served honorably in the Marine Corps Reserves in the infantry as
a non-commissioned officer and as an officer in the Army National Guard. He is a life member of the VFW and is a veteran of Desert Storm. He volunteers as an emergency responder for his hospital’s Decontamination Team and as a staff trainer for the prevention and management of
disruptive behavior. He also serves on the board of directors as President for the VA Employees Association. He lives with his two sons in the Fayetteville, AR, area and spends much of his free time
boating with family and friends on Beaver Lake
Public Relations Co-Chair, Communications Committee
Michael Young is a native of Des Moines, IA, where he continues to live with his wife, Kristina, of 24 years and their three children. Mr Young served in the Marine Corps in 1990 - 1994. He served with aviation units on Okinawa, Japan during the Gulf War later serving in Somalia as part of Operation Restore Hope. In addition to working with National Desert Storm War Memorial Assn he is an amateur historian and been running his own group on Desert Storm history for five years. He is Co-Admin for the Marine Somalia Veterans Association; president of a 504 non profit corporation that supports JROTC units in his local community; member of the Access Advisory Board for the City of Des Moines for the past 8 years addressing ADA compliance and issues. Mr. Young has 20+ years of event and audio visual production experience, works as a substitute teacher . He attended William Penn University and has a AA in Leadership Studies and BA in Business Management. He is a member of the VFW and American Legion.
Director of Social Media, Special Event Coordinator
Jill Etter was active duty USAF from 1985 – 1992. Although she was active duty during Operation Desert Shield/Storm she was not deployed in theater but was serving as a Paralegal at The Lackland Air Force Base Legal Office in San Antonio, Texas. Jill lives in San Antonio with her husband Ed and their three grown daughters. Jill is a lifetime member of AMVETS and is a member of the Disaster Assistance Response Team with Samaritan’s Purse.
"Without the commitment, belief, and giving of the following individuals, the first step in creating the National Desert Storm Memorial would never have been taken. We owe them our gratitude and thanks for their belief in this honorable undertaking."
Development Lead for the State of Illinois: Steve Fixler
Fundraising Liaison for the State of Texas: Karl Lang Fundraising Coordinator: Michael Emerson
Legislative Liaison: Congressman Dr. Phil Roe
Honorary Board Member: Joyce Donathan
Steve & Cheryl Ward
Kent & Trisha Shively
Norman “Chip” Hunt
John & Stephanie Jordan
Jason & Gwynne Spann
Scott & Robin Stump
As we progress towards fulfilling our vision of a National Desert Storm War Memorial, we will add volunteer staff. Our efforts would not be possible without the support and dedication of these volunteers:
Good Will Ambassador: Emil Abrahamian