"USD is proud of Col. Thompson and her stellar military career," said President James W. Abbott. "She's an inspiring example of a USD graduate with a liberal arts education who continues to serve her country at the highest levels."

Thompson served in the U.S. army for 28 years and was the highest-ranking military intelligence officer with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. During her two tours in Iraq, she served as the military intelligence taskforce commander in the 25th Infantry Division and as the senior intelligence officer of the 101st Airborne Division.

More recently Thompson, served as the National Security Adviser for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, the executive officer to the under secretary of the Army and the senior military adviser to the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

Thompson has also served in Germany, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize and Bosnia. In 2008, she co-authored the book "Achieving Victory in Iraq," a detailed account which examines how the war evolved since 2003. In 2011, she received the USD Alumni Achievement Award in honor of her exemplary military career and service.

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