Mr. Porch was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in North St. Louis County, Missouri. He graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science concentrating in Civil Engineering. He also has a Masters of Science Degree in Adult, Occupational, and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, the Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and Command and General Staff Officer Course. Mr Porch was promoted to the rank of Major in April 1992 and entered military retirement on 1 June 2000.
Mr. Porch's previous military duty assignments include: Author, Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, Combined Arms Center, Ft. Leavenworth, KS; Senior Project Officer, Battle Command Battle Lab, Ft. Leavenworth, KS; S3-Operation's Officer, 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2 Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; Operations Officer, Forward Cell, 416th Engineer Command, Ft. McPherson, GA; Construction Officer, Third US Army, Ft. McPherson, GA; Goldminer Team, 1st Brigade, 4th ROTC Region, Ft. Lewis, WA; Assistant Professor of Military Science, Seattle University, Seattle WA; Communications Electronics Staff Officer, 864th Engineer Battalion, Ft. Lewis, WA; Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 864th Engineer Battalion, Ft. Lewis, WA.
Awards and Decorations: Meritorious Service Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army achievement Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal (2).