Angie Mallory is a PhD student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program. She served in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft technician for 6 years before going on to get her BS in English-Writing from Montana State University. She applied to grad school to prove to her mentor she wasn’t smart enough for it. Her first year as a PhD student at ISU found her putting together a learning community for Veterans and military, driven by her own struggles with merging military excellence with academic excellence. Shortly thereafter she realized that she needed a way to serve her country again—while maintaining the academic rigor she had come to value. After two years of spending her evenings searching for a way to connect her research focus on visual communication with counterterrorism research, she made connections that would change the course of her career. Angie was invited to participate in a global simulation to analyze the impact of visual and textual counterterrorism narrative on the terrorist group ISIS and those populations caught in the instability. The simulation was hosted by the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., and included agencies such as the U.S. State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Special Operations Commands. Angie found the government agencies receptive to visual rhetorical analysis and eager to incorporate academic perspectives. Angie is active in veterans research, presenting at conferences and taking every opportunity to speak out about the negative effects of stereotyping veterans, as well as speaking on the need for increased safe spaces in academia to talk about sexual assault. Her aim is to work as a counterterrorism communication analyst.