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Excellence in Practice Awards 2015

The Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Excellence in Practice Awards, which recognize the top performers in DoD travel for the value they bring and the services they provide to their travel program. The recipients of The Champion, The Elite, and The Icon receive award certificates and are recognized on the DTMO website and in the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of the Defense Travel Dispatch.  

2015 Award Winners

The Champion

Ms. D. Zabava, United States Army North - Fifth Army

The Elite

Headquarters, Air Force Special Operations Command

The Icon

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport & Naval Sea Logistics Center Travel Team

For more information about the winners, click on their names above.


Listed below are the additional nominees for each category for the Excellence in Practice Awards.




  • J. Coleman, JIATF-W
  • M. Collins, USA
  • D. Cooper, USA
  • J. Dupree, USAF
  • C. Hale, MDA
  • D. Hunt - USA
  • S. Johnson, USAF
  • A. Lara, USAF
  • D. Maclauchlan, USAF
  • B. Romine, DFAS
  • R. Schaffer, USAF
  • C. Wallace, WHS D. Whittaker, USAF


  • Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
  • Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Travel Department
  • Joint Interagency Task Force West
  • Joint Staff JSSSO Travel Office
  • Office of the Chief Defense Counsel Administrative Team
  • USAFA DTS Local Help Desk

This year’s nominees demonstrated exceptional customer service and dedication to improving their travel programs.  Thank you to all who submitted nominations.

To view the best practices of this year’s awardees and nominees, check out the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of the Defense Travel Dispatch.

About the Awards
DTMO designed the Excellence in Practice Awards to recognize DoD travel professionals who have excelled in travel program management and have successfully addressed issues with exemplary professional skill, creativity, and resourcefulness.  Winners selected, demonstrate an exceptional level of service that results in a more efficient and effective travel program. 
Excellence in Practice Award winners are nominated by fellow colleagues.  Awards are presented to individuals in the following categories:

  • The Champion recognizes a Lead Defense Travel Administrator (LDTA) who goes above and beyond in providing mentoring and training to their organization
  • The Elite recognizes a local help desk team whose superior efforts result in continuous improvement and outstanding customer care
  • The Icon recognizes a major command or agency whose strategies and tactics enhance their travel program capabilities for their subordinate sites

Recipients receive award certificates and are recognized on the DTMO website and in the Defense Travel Dispatch.


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