Dennis L. Via
Dennis L. Via (born c. 1958) is a former United States Army four-star general who last served as the 18th commanding general of the United States Army Materiel Command (AMC) from August 7, 2012 to September 30, 2016, which is headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, AL. He is the first Signal Corps Officer since General Henry H. Arnold to achieve four-star rank. He retired from the Army on September 30, 2016 after over 36 years of service.
Dennis L. Via
|Born||c. 1957/1958 (age 61–62)|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1980–2016|
|Commands held||United States Army Materiel Command|
A native of Martinsville, Virginia, 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.
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.
Awards and decorationsEdit
|Master Parachutist Badge|
|Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|Army Material Command Combat Service Identification Badge|
|Army Signal Corps Distinctive Unit Insignia|
|Foreign Parachutist Badge|
|Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
|Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters|
|Army Commendation Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Joint Service Achievement Medal|
|Army Achievement Medal|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Overseas Service Ribbon|
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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".
- "Official Bio" (PDF). US Army Materiel Command. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
- General Via to retire after leaving Army Materiel Command Friday
Ann E. Dunwoody
| Commander, United States Army Materiel Command
28 June 2012 to 30 September 2016 
Gustave F. Perna