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Posted: June 16, 2021

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas — The Military Child Education Coalition® announced today the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Dr. Kathleen Hicks, will join the organization as a featured speaker for the nonprofit’s National Training Seminar July 19-21.

“This year, our NTS theme is ‘Embracing the Future for MilKids,’ and Dr. Hicks’ inspiring message will be critical to our attendees internalizing and realizing that vision,” said MCEC President and CEO Dr. Becky Porter. “As the first woman to serve as Deputy Secretary, Dr. Hicks’ journey is indicative of the bright future that’s possible for all military-connected students through hard work, resilience, perseverance, and commitment.”

Dr. Hicks became the 35th Deputy Secretary of Defense on Feb. 9, 2021.

The Deputy Secretary’s career in public service has spanned nearly 30 years, with most of her time supporting the office of the Secretary of Defense. She started as a civil servant in 1993 and served in numerous roles which supported the administrations of former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barrack Obama.

Dr. Hicks previously worked as senior civilian official in the Department of Defense from 2009 to 2013 where. In 2012, she received Senate confirmation as principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy.

The Deputy Secretary joins New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist Thomas Friedman, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen (Ret.), Dr. Mike Matthews, professor, U.S. Military Academy – West Point, and Dr. Pamela Cantor, psychiatrist, author, and thought leader, as featured speakers and presenters.

MCEC offers the annual NTS 2021, virtually from July 19-21. The theme for the three-day event is “College-, Work-, and Life-Ready: Embracing the Future for #MilKids.” Attendees can register free at and also review the full agenda and list of speakers.






About the Military Child Education Coalition:
MCEC® is a 501(c)(3) global nonprofit leadership, service delivery, and advocacy organization. MCEC supports all military-connected children by educating, advocating, and collaborating to resolve education challenges associated with the military lifestyle. Learn more about the national advocacy efforts of MCEC at and on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


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