The Torch Bearers Award honors former Agency employees who distinguished themselves during their careers with extraordinary achievements and demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment that had significant impacts upon DIA and the Intelligence Community. The award acknowledges performance that has changed the direction and scope of defense intelligence operations or increased the value of the activities for national decision-makers or military commanders throughout DIA history. The Torch Bearers Award was created in 2011 to coincide with the agency’s 50th anniversary.
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.
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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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