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Moira Flanders is the Director of the Office of Survivors Assistance in the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The office reports to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on all matters related to policies, programs, legislative issues and other initiatives impacting Survivors of Veterans and Service members.  Before coming to the VA, Flanders was the Associate Director of the Pay and Retirement Portfolio for the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission where she led a team of interagency compensation-focused subject matter experts tasked with developing recommendations for modernizing military pay and retirement systems for Active and Reserve Component Service members.  Prior to joining the Commission, she established the Naval Postgraduate School’s National Capital Region to conduct outreach, research and knowledge-sharing programs with US and international security and defense practitioners. 


Retired from the US Navy in 2012 as a Rear Admiral (Upper Half), her last four years of active duty were spent at Fort McNair in Washington, DC where she was the Director of the Inter-American Defense College -- a multi-lingual, international senior service college, focused on security and defense issues in the Western Hemisphere.  Earlier assignments include Commander, Naval Personnel and Development Command; Deputy Director, Office of Program Appraisal, within the Office of the Secretary of the Navy; Information Management Branch Head within the Joint Staff Secretariat in the Pentagon and several leadership positions in recruiting and manpower planning and development.


Flanders earned an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a BS in Biology from Virginia Tech.  The Chilean National Academy of Strategic and Political Studies awarded her an honorary MA in Defense and Security of the Americas.  She also completed certificate programs in Business, Planning, Strategic Communications and National and International Security from Babson College, George Washington University, Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Flanders is on the Board of Directors, United Community Ministries, is a member of Virginia Congressman Connelly’s Naval Academy and Merchant Marine Academy Advisory Board, and mentors college students at Hiram College’s Garfield Center for Public Leadership and at Mount Vernon’s George Washington Leadership Fellows Program.


The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations awarded her the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2013.  Awards received during her Navy career include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal and several unit awards.  International military awards include Medalha Merito Santos-Dumont (Brazil), Ordem do Merito Aeronautico (Brazil) and the Inter-American Defense Board Medal (Organization of American States).


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