2015 Cooke award nominations sought Published Oct. 14, 2014 By Janis El Shabazz Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 11th Annual Defense Department David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration award. This award was created to promote, perpetuate and recognize the type of exceptional contributions Cooke made to the federal service. He had a career that spanned more than 55 years, 45 of which were with the DOD, and he was widely recognized as a public official promoting a cooperative spirit among leaders and improving operations. The award recognizes non-managerial career civilian employees with 3-10 years of civilian federal career service as of Dec. 31. Nominees can be from any functional area and will be evaluated on their commitment to public service and demonstration of personal and professional integrity. Organizations and base-level personnel must contact their major command, combatant command, field operating agency or direct reporting unit for applicable suspense date and additional information regarding nomination procedures. Each MAJCOM, COCOM, FOA and DRU may submit one nomination. Completed nomination packages are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by Feb. 24, 2015. For more information about Air Force recognition programs and other personnel issues, visit the myPers website.