Andrea Thompson, a retired U.S. Army colonel and former national security adviser to the House Homeland Security Committee, will assume the roles of deputy assistant to the president and national security adviser to the vice president.
The White House said Wednesday Thompson, who most recently worked as director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, has more than 25 years of military service with deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia.
“Colonel Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge as a career military intelligence officer and combat veteran to her role as my national security adviser,” said Vice President Mike Pence.
“She has a deep understanding of the complex challenges that face the United States at this juncture in history and is uniquely qualified to serve in this important role.”
Thompson’s career with the U.S. military includes assignments as chief of staff for the Intelligence Directorate/J2 in Afghanistan and senior intelligence officer for the Multi-National Division (North) in Iraq.
She has also served as executive officer to the undersecretary of the Army, senior military adviser to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a senior fellow with the Army’s strategic studies group.
The complete list of new appointees who will serve on the vice president’s staff can be found here.
This story was originally published on January 26, 2017.