The still-developing Trump administration now has the brains of a USD graduate among its personnel. Colonel Andrea Thompson, a 1988 graduate of USD, has been named national security advisor to vice-president Mike Pence.
Thompson has been in the army for 28 years, becoming the highest-ranking intelligence officer in her division, the 101st Airborne Division of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In her years in the military, Thompson served two tours in Iraq, according to a USD press release.
In addition to Iraq, Thompson has served in Belize, Honduras, Germany, Bosnia and Nicaragua, and in 2008 wrote an account of the Iraq War called “Achieving Victory in Iraq.”
Recently Thompson has worked as a National Security Advisor to the House of Representatives, and was awarded the USD Alumni Achievement Award in 2011 for her military career and service.