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Santa Monica, Pentagon Up Next for Student Speaker

Santa Monica, Pentagon Up Next for Student Speaker

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

Overcoming adversity is part of the job for Major Stacy Moore, United States Army. Moore has been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan during her Army career and is currently serving as the executive officer to the commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas.

StacyMooreEditShe’ll walk across the stage on Saturday, January 30 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs having earned her Master of Science in International Security and Intelligence Studies. She’ll help kick off the ceremony as student speaker for the event.

“I have enjoyed my time at Bellevue and it is tremendous to be able to address the graduating class,” Moore said. “I think it is important for all of us to consider what we can do to make the world a better place as we move to the next phase of our lives, and that is the message I am going to share.”

Moore came to Bellevue University on the advice of her sister, Dona Holland, who earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree through the University.

“She had nothing but great things to say about her experience. She had Dr. (Matt) Crosston for her undergraduate capstone class, and she thought I would enjoy his courses,” Moore said. “I was doing counterterrorism planning at the Department of Homeland Security at the time, so it seemed a natural fit.”

Crosston lived up to the advance billing, Moore said.

“He was very responsive and provided realistic feedback. He did not always tell me what I wanted to hear, but he always had my best interests in mind. He holds his students to tough standards, which is exactly what they will face in the real world,” she said. “I particularly enjoyed a course on Middle East Security. I just happened to need that course to finish my degree, and it was available when I was in Baghdad, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. I was able to immediately apply the things I learned in class to the situations we found ourselves in.”

Moore will return to her post at Fort Riley following graduation, but will head for Santa Monica, California in June as a research fellow at RAND Corporation, a global policy think tank that develops research and analysis for the United States Armed Forces. From there, she will head to the Pentagon.

“I hope to be able to provide our senior leaders with analysis that will positively influence defense policy,” she said. “In the long term, I hope to command a battalion.”