New Horizons for MCEC in 2024

January 16, 2024

Episode 303

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Dr. Becky Porter discusses meeting the needs of military-connected families through programs and initiatives such as our Military Student Consultants, and advocacy of Purple Star Schools through the new and popular MCEC 360 Summits. We also look ahead to what the new year holds.

This podcast is made possible by generous funding from the Fort Gregg-Adams Spouses’ Club. To learn more, visit

Audio mixing by Concentus Media, Inc., Temple, Texas.


Show Notes:


MCEC 360 Summits

The MCEC 360 Summit is a community-wide, multi-faceted event that brings insight and understanding for the unique challenges and needs of military-connected students. The 360 model includes components for students, parents, and youth-serving professionals and is tailored to the needs of each community.

Military Student Consultants

Military Student Consultants (MSCs) are highly specialized education professionals who provide personalized concierge support directly to students, parents, or professionals who serve military-connected families. An MSC personally responds to every phone call or submission on our MCEC website at

Professional Learning Community ECHOs

Find a community of learners to help you support the needs of military-connected kids using the Project ECHO® model. Our Purple Star Readiness ECHOs are being held now through May 2024 and meet monthly online. The benefits of ECHO include collaboration, idea sharing, and problem-solving with subject matter experts and peers. Join a cohort today at


Dr. Becky Porter joined MCEC® as the President and CEO in 2019 following her retirement from active duty service with the U.S. Army.

Becky is a 1983 Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Washington and holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University. She earned her Master of Arts in counseling psychology from Chapman University and a Master of Science in national security and strategic studies from the National War College. She also earned an executive certificate in nonprofit management from the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy in 2020.

She is a board-certified clinical health psychologist, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. Her awards and recognition include: The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Military Psychology, the Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal (6 awards). Additionally, she also holds the Army Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator as recognition of her significant contributions to the U.S. Army Medical Department.

Becky’s military career spanned more than 30 years, and she served in all three components of the U.S. Army with the Washington National Guard, the U.S. Army Reserves, and on active duty. She retired at the rank of colonel. She is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and former special assistant to the U.S. Army’s 34th Chief of Staff, Gen. Eric Shinseki.

Her assignments included: Germany; Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii; the Pentagon; the United States Military Academy; Walter Reed Army Medical Center; and the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical, Bethesda, Md.

She commanded the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, Carlisle, Pa.; the DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic at the Pentagon; and Public Health Command Europe.

Becky and her husband John, also a retired U.S. Army officer, live near Fort Cavazos, Texas.

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