Project Advisors

9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center Advisors

The Pentagon Memorial Fund is very grateful to the individuals listed below who serve on the 9/11 Pentagon Visitor Education Center Advisory Board and Councils. Their experience and insight during the design and development phases of this project will help ensure that future generations will have a place to learn about the events on September 11, 2001, the 184 lives lost at the Pentagon and on AA Flight 77, and the historic significance of the Pentagon Memorial site.


Secretaries Council

The Secretaries Council is represented by former Secretaries of Defense since the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Each leader has agreed to help the Pentagon Memorial Fund raise the necessary funds and awareness to design and construct the 9/11 Pentagon Visitor Education Center. This special Council will serve as a senior advisory board to the 9/11 Pentagon Visitor Education Center once it is dedicated.

Chuck Hagel
Leon Panetta
Dr. Robert M. Gates
Donald Rumsfeld


9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center Advisory Board

Executive Leadership

H.E. Kim Beazley, Former Ambassador of Australia 
H.E. Yousef al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates 
Gary Knell, President and CEO, National Geographic Society
John D. Mayer (Jack), Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton 
Jerry Carlson, Managing Partner – Washington, DC Metro, KPMG 
Valerie Camillo, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer, Washington Nationals Baseball Club 
Dr. Kevin Avruch, Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution - George Mason University
 Gary Sinise – Actor/Humanitarian, Founder of Gary Sinise Foundation

Military Associations 

Stewart M. Hickey, National Executive Director, AMVETS (American Veterans) 
Vice Admiral (USN, Ret.) Norbert Ryan, President and CEO, Military Officers Association of America 
Major General Joe Lynch (USAF, Ret.), General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Military Officers Association of  America
Chris Bennett, Manager – Government Relations and Administrative Services, Navy League 
Tom Greer, Vice President – Communications and Outreach, Operation Homefront 
Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder, Tragedy Assistant Program for Survivors (TAPS) 
Jeffrey E. Phillips, Executive Director, Reserve Officers Association 
Lieutenant General Jerry Sinn (USA, Ret.), Vice President of Finance and Administration, Association of the U.S. Army
Rick Weidman, Executive Director for Policy and Government Affairs, Vietnam Veterans of America


9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center Advisory Council

Joseph Sifer, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton 
Lieutenant General Susan S. Lawrence (USA, Ret.), Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
Robert Allegar, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
Ana Garcia-Olson Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton 
Christian Hoff, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton 
Linda Labarge, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton 
Gregory L. Smith, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Eric Vannell, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton 
Kathryn Keane, Vice President – Exhibitions, National Geographic Society
Kim Hulse, Director - Geography Education Programs – Education Policy Initiatives, National Geographic Society 
Donald Branch, Exhibit Planning and Design Consultant
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