About Us


Ron Gilkey, Founder & Co-Owner

Chief Instructor, Firearms Division and Owner of The Sheepdog Project, LLC. 

He has 20+ years Law Enforcement experience (15 as an instructor) and a combined13 years with the US Navy (Demolition Diver). Current and prior certifications held include: certified by Red Cell International, Corp. as a Tactical Operator, NYPD for HIDTA I & II Dynamic Entry, NTOA for Basic SWAT, Tactical Security Network, Inc. for Law Enforcement Tactical Explosive Breaching, the PA Hostage Rescue Team as an Operator/Explosive Breacher, the NRA as a Law Enforcement Handgun / Shotgun Instructor, the PA State Police as a Certified Firearms Instructor and the PA State Police as an Act 235 Lethal Weapons Instructor. He is also a certified Glock Armorer.  rgilkey@valorsheepdog.com


         Christian Weber, Co-Owner         

Unified Instructor and Owner of Valor Personal Defense Systems.

He has 14 Years of Military and Law Enforcement experience and is a USMC Combat Veteran with over 45 combat missions. With 20 years Martial Arts experience, he's a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a 2 Time World Champion as well as an advanced Krav Maga Instructor. Prior to retiring from the PA DOC, he was a Training/Security Lieutenant as well as the Team Leader/Instructor for the Corrections Emergency Response Team and the Western Region Assistant Special Teams Coordinator. He has been certified as an NRA Firearms Instructor. cweber@valorsheepdog.com


          Aaron Diaz, Co-Owner          

Unified Instructor and Co-Owner of Valor Personal Defense Systems.

He has over 18 years of military, law enforcement and security experience. He served 6 Years in the US Army and performed Residential Security for a multi-million-dollar executive. He’s worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Sheriff’s Deputy, Police Officer and a Corrections Officer where he was the Assistant Special Teams leader. He is a 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a Krav Maga Instructor. Additionally, he has been certified as an NRA Firearms Instructor.   adiaz@valorsheepdog.com


        Trey Hart           

Instructor for Valor Sheepdog Defense Group's Firearms Division.

He has over 17 years of combined military, law enforcement experience. During his 8 years in the United States Marine Corp he was a Infantry team leader and Scout Sniper Platoon Team Leader. He has completed some of the military's most difficult and elite schools including the Scout sniper basic course, urban sniper course, and urban recon course. He was also a member of the Marine Corps Parris Island Rifle / Pistol team as well as a primary marksmanship instructor to new Marine Corps recruits. He is a 6 year member of the Corrections Emergency Response Team with multiple certifications.





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