Progressing Forward.

Author:Brown, William A.
Position:PRESIDENT'S CORNER - President's page

I'm sitting on the 184 Amtrak train to Philadelphia to attend the 1 March, Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) Executive Working Group (EWG). We will also tour the commercial shipyard there and visit a ship being built by Matson. I feel very fortunate to be immersed in support to our Nation's defense and in support of our military and federal government. I am proud of NDTA, and our strategic position, as a result of our mission focus.

It just so happens Amtrak is a Platinum Sponsor at the Gov-Travels conference. Along with other major sponsors, BCD Travel, CWTSatoTravel, Enterprise, Sabre, SAP Concur, Travelport and Turkish Airlines. These sponsors and others are important in helping to bring together government and industry to enter a dialog over the future of travel. There are many technological and process innovations occurring in the travel industry that will affect travel by our military service members and federal workers.

At NDTA we are going to set our course around the issues facing each of our industry sectors and our military/government leaders. Our committees are structured to tackle these issues, to educate and collaborate on solutions. With this in mind, we are embarking on a journey to restructure the Passenger Travel Services Committee (PTSC). Ms. Tina Grace of SAP Concur is going to pick up the Committee Chair role, along with Mr. Bryan Scott of Enterprise as the Vice Chair. We are grateful for Dr. Rocky Mobaraki's leadership over the last dozen or so years. Mr. Bill Mansell, Director of the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO), and I will be working closely with Ms. Grace to frame the issues facing the travel enterprise. Keep an eye on the PTSC as they move out and hear more about how the committee is moving forward inside this issue of the DTJ. Again, NDTA's role is to be a catalyst for improvement in service and capability.


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