South Dakota Native Tapped To Be Vice President’s National Security Advisor

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A Sioux Falls native and University of South Dakota graduate is expected to be apart of The White House’s national security team.

Retired Col. Andrea L. Thompson will be Vice President Mike Pence’s national security advisor, according the former VP national security advisor Colin Kahl.

Had chance 2 talk w/my successor today, COL Andrea Thompson (Ret.), @mike_pence natsec adv. Inherits great staff of public servants/patriots — Colin Kahl (@ColinKahl) January 19, 2017

Kahl Tweeted last week that he talked with Thompson.

While The White House hasn’t officially announced Thompson, The Washington Post reports that will come next week.

Thompson is a 1988 graduate of USD where she was the highest-ranking military intelligence officer with the 101st Airborne Division, according to school records.

She served in the U.S. Army for 28 years, before joining a consulting group in Washington D.C. She also served as NSA for the U.S. House’s Homeland Security committee.

The position of national security advisor to the Vice President is one that is appointed by President Donald Trump, but doesn’t have to be confirmed by the Senate.