Dennis L. Via

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Dennis L. Via
General Dennis L. Via, USA.jpg
Born c. 1957/1958 (age 56–57)
Martinsville, Virginia
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held United States Army Materiel Command
Awards
General Via was interviewed by Jay Leno about the Army's fuel efficient demonstration vehicle, FED Alpha, for his online show Jay Leno's Garage

General Dennis L. Via (born c. 1958) is a four star United States Army general.[1] He assumed responsibilities as the 18th Commander of the United States Army Materiel Command (AMC) August 7, 2012.[2] Headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, AL, He is the first Signal Corp Officer to achieve four star rank.

Military career[edit]

A native of Martinsville, Va., General Via was commissioned on May 18, 1980 in the Signal Corps after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Virginia State University. He holds a Master's Degree from Boston University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (class of 1991) and the U.S. Army War College (class of 1999).

He began his career with the 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg.[3]

General Via’s prior assignment was as AMC’s Deputy Commanding General. He deployed to Southwest Asia in October 2011 as the Commander, AMC Responsible Reset Task Force with the mission of leading the strategic integration of the Materiel Enterprise for the Retrograde of equipment and materiel out of Iraq at the conclusion of Operation New Dawn. Prior to that, he served as Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, J-6, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

The General's command assignments include the 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; 3rd Signal Brigade, III Armored Corps, Fort Hood, Texas; 5th Signal Command, United States Army Europe and 7th Army, Mannheim, Germany; and the United States Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command and Fort Monmouth, Fort Monmouth, N.J.. His key staff assignments include Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Staff, Allied Forces Southern Europe, Naples, Italy; Operations Officer, J-6, Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, Washington, DC; Division Chief, Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC), Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, United States Army, Washington, DC; Principal Director for Operations, Defense Information Systems Agency/Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations, United States Strategic Command, Arlington, Va.

Honors and awards[edit]

His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster; Defense Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Joint Service Achievement Medal; and the Army Achievement Medal. He is authorized to wear the Master Parachutist Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.[citation needed]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army document "Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Via, U.S. Army Materiel Command Deputy Commanding General".

Military offices
Preceded by
Ann E. Dunwoody
Commander, United States Army Materiel Command
28 June 2012 to
Incumbent