2021 Defense Intelligence Agency Torch Bearer Award
The 2021 Torch Bearer Award (TBA) will be awarded to a former DIA employer who has made a significant and lasting contribution to DIA and whose performance embodied DIA’s core values and principles. DIA will select and honor no more than five individuals every five years in an awards ceremony to celebrate a career and/or period of DIA service characterized as exceptional and deserving of special recognition in the organization’s history.
The DIA TBA serves several important corporate goals:
Honor individuals whose contributions directly affected DIA’s success and accomplishments since its inception.
Emplace a cross-directorate recognition program for all ranks and grades drawing attention to extraordinary achievement in a historical context.
Develop a shared sense of a DIA Agency-wide mission and vision for the future.
Enhance the morale, welfare, and esprit de corps of the workforce.
Eligibility: Any individual who served as a civilian or any military member assigned to DIA during a tour or multiple tours, or a combination of both civilian and military service, is eligible for consideration for the DIA Torch Bearer Award. The criteria below applies:
Accomplishments must have been made during a period of DIA service only.
Persons who served in any DIA organizational element, including those who were assigned to core mission centers or directorates, staff elements, special offices, support services or Combatant J2 offices.
Nominees may be living or deceased.
Individuals cannot be serving in DIA or federal service at the time of nomination (to include as a defense contractor).
Induction shall not be used for the purpose of recognizing retirement from civilian or military service.
Nominees must be out of or retired from federal or military service for one year or longer at the time of nomination submission.
Former DIA Directors and Deputy Directors are ineligible.
Selection Criteria: Potential candidates’ performance should be clearly recognizable as outstanding and changed the direction and scope of defense intelligence operations or increased the value of the activities for national decision makers or military commanders. Performance should meet the following standards:
Played a decisive role in strengthening and/or unifying defense intelligence collection, production, and dissemination; and
Organized, led, managed, or improved the quality of a critical product, activity, program, or service which significantly improved DIA activities; or
Conceived, planned or implemented changes to DIA business practices which greatly improved the efficiency and effectiveness of agency operations; or
Developed, applied, or executed processes, procedures, and methods which resulted in significant efficiencies and resource savings across the DIA enterprise; or
Demonstrated extraordinary commitment, dedication, and urgency of purpose to the defense intelligence mission and its people, which had lasting influence and national impact.
Nomination Procedures: Any current or former Department of Defense or Intelligence Community employee may nominate an individual as a potential candidate for the DIA TBA. All nominees will be considered for their time-tested contributions by the DIA TBA selection panel for impact and to ensure that the person’s achievements reflect the highest ideals of the Agency and its motto “Committed to Excellence in Defense of the Nation.” To ensure achievements are placed in historical context and with the highest of standards, the selection panel will typically defer consideration of any nomination, which fails to meet these benchmarks. The panel may request a nomination be resubmitted for future reconsideration. The format for all nominations is as follows:
Be limited to not more than six pages, single-spaced, in Times New Roman, 12-pitch font (including cover page and biography).
The general career biography, not to exceed one page.
Include a summary of achievements clearly demonstrating the nominee’s contributions to DIA and the defense intelligence mission.
Describe the basis for the nomination, its historical impact, and identify how the accomplishments relate to the selection criteria.
Include general information on the nominee, including name, title, grade/rank at time of retirement; date of retirement from civilian or military service, current contact information, elements served and location.
Must be unclassified. A separate, classified supporting annex (limited to SECRET) and not more than two pages, is permitted and should be provided through separate, classified channels.
Nominations must be received by the DIA Office of Corporate Communications, not later than 15 March of the nomination year cycle. Applications submitted after the deadline may be deferred for consideration to the following TBA nomination cycle.
Selection Panel and Decision: The DIA TBA Selection Panel shall represent the totality of DIA missions, operations, and the diversity of the DIA workforce. The panel will review nominations, vote and decide on up to five recipients. The names of selected TBA recipients will be provided to OCC History Branch and vetted through DIA Offices of Human Resources and Security. OCC History Branch will prepare an executive package and forward it to the DIA Director for his endorsement.
The DIA Chief of Staff will serve as Chairman of the TBA Selection Panel and will vote only in the event of a tie.
The DIA Chief of Staff will designate three panel members (two active, members of DIA’s Senior Executive Service (SES) or Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL) civilians and one DIA, military, O-6 or higher).
In the event of illness or emergency of a panel member, the DIA Chief of Staff will designate an alternate, active DIA civilian SES or DISL or alternate, active DIA military member.
The DIAA will provide two DIA civilian retirees/alumni for the TBA Selection Panel.
Previous TBA selectees are ineligible to serve on the panel.
The DIA Office of Corporate Communications will provide two non-voting members to serve as the panel secretary and staff officer/assistant throughout the TBA process.
The citation reads: Mrs. Wanda Mikovch demonstrated exceptional commitment to the DIA value of “Service” for over 45 years. She began her career as a secretary in DIA in 1967. She quickly developed a record of achievement in several positions, and then reached the single, highest position in her career field in 1981 as the Executive Assistant to the DIA Director. Mrs. Mikovch provided superior support and counsel to 10 different DIA directors, an unprecedented accomplishment in the Agency’s history. Her ability to adapt to the different leadership styles of each of the 10 directors aided their transitions, providing critical continuity for DIA. During these three decades and until her retirement in 2012, Mrs. Mikovch’s outstanding judgment, discretion, and professionalism greatly enhanced the effectiveness of every leader she served, which had a positive impact on business operations and mission success across the Agency and the Intelligence Community. Mrs. Mikovch’s vast knowledge of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, and the greater national Intelligence Community was an outstanding asset that was relied upon heavily by the director and deputy director. She served flawlessly as each director’s entrusted confidant and advisor on substantive intelligence, sensitive intelligence operations, complex personnel actions, and a plethora of challenging issues in the command element. Her poise and courage during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon remain an example for all, as does her sensitivity in assisting with the care and support for the impacted DIA families during the weeks and months that followed. Mrs. Mikovch is the sole Torchbearers honoree for 2015 and the first from a support position to receive this prestigious award. Mrs. Mikovch’s exemplary accomplishments, selfless service, and dedication to the mission reflect great credit upon herself, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the United States Department of Defense.
TORCH BEARER'S AWARDS 2014
Three DIA alumni received the agency’s prestigious Torch Bearers Award during a ceremony at DIA Headquarters 13 November 2014.
This year’s Torch Bearer honorees are Harry Klein, Alan Manners and Margaret Munson. Klein and Manners are being recognized posthumously. Their citations/photos are posted below.
Please click on the images below to read more about the 2014 Recipients
Mr. Harry F. Klein
Mr. Alan Manners
Ms. Margaret R. Munson
TORCH BEARER'S AWARD 2013
DIA has announced the third annual recipients of the prestigious DIA Torch Bearers Award - an agency-wide award established to celebrate a career and or period of DIA service characterized as exceptional and deserving special recognition in the organization's history.
The three honorees will be inducted into Torch Bearers Award on November 7,2013.
TORCH-BEARER'S AWARDS 2012
TORCH BEARER'S AWARD 2011
DIA has announced the first eight recipients of the prestigious DIA Torch Bearers Award - a new annual agency-wide award established to celebrate a career and or period of DIA service characterized as exceptional and deserving special recognition in the organization's history. The eight honorees will be inducted into Torch Bearers Hall on September 30 2011.
The 2011 Torch Bearers Hall recipients are:
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