The White House on Wednesday announced more than a dozen new hires in the office of the vice president, including retired Army Col. Andrea Thompson who was named national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence.

"[Thompson] 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," Pence said in a statement.

The Iraq and Afghanistan combat veteran previously worked as an adviser on national security to the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees.

In addition to Thompson, Pence has tapped the following 15 individuals to serve on his staff:

  • Daris Meeks, deputy assistant to the president and director of domestic policy for the vice president
  • Sarah Makin, deputy assistant to the president and director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs for the vice president
  • Marc Lotter, special assistant to the president and press secretary to the vice president
  • Andeliz Castillo, special assistant to the president and deputy director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs for the vice president
  • Stephen Ford, special assistant to the president and director of speechwriting for the vice president
  • Jonathan Hiler, assistant to the vice president and director of legislative affairs
  • Mark Paoletta, assistant to the vice president and counsel
  • Matt Morgan, deputy assistant to the vice president and deputy counsel
  • Lani Czarniecki, deputy assistant to the vice president for external affairs
  • Mike Boisvenue, deputy assistant to the vice president and director of administration
  • Robert Peede, deputy assistant to the vice president and director of advance
  • Meghan Patenaude, deputy assistant to the vice president and director of scheduling
  • Kara Brooks, deputy assistant to the vice president and communications director to the second lady
  • Sara Egeland, deputy assistant to the vice president and policy director to the second lady
  • Zach Bauer, special assistant to the vice president