Winner Describes Being Greeted By Airport Volunteers
Aero-News learned this week DFW International Airport's "Best
Trip from the Best Airport" passenger essay contest has ended, with
the top prize going to Tommi Milliman, a soldier in the Texas Army
The contest was launched as a way to help celebrate DFW's recent
successes, having been ranked 'Highest in Customer Satisfaction for
Large Airports' in North America by J.D. Power and Associates. The
airport was also recently named the 'Best Airport for Customer
Service' in the Americas by the Airports Council International.
Travelers were invited to submit an essay about their best
travel experience at DFW. Milliman's personal account was among
dozens of essays submitted to dfwairport.com for consideration.
The following is the text of the winning entry:
Thank You from a Soldier
I am a soldier in the Texas Army National Guard. I served a year
in Afghanistan. I arrived in Afghanistan in May 05 and took leave
at Christmas time. I didn't know what to expect from the American
public and really didn't think they would know anything about me
When we landed in Dallas, there was fire trucks shooting water
over the plane to welcome us home, I was so proud of my home town
and had tears in my eyes. When we got off the plane we were greeted
by tons of Americans holding flags and goody bags for us. They were
clapping, shaking our hands, and hugging us. I have never been so
proud to be an American in all my life. It was that day that I
realized what I had went to fight for.
The Dallas Fort Worth Airport reminds me of how great it is not
to only be American but to be from Dallas. Thank you so much for
allowing the public to welcome us home, it shows what great
Americans you are.
Having submitted the winning entry, Milliman will receive win
four round-trip tickets on American Airlines and a new set of