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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)[1] 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.[2]

Dennis L. Via
General Dennis L. Via, USA.jpg
Bornc. 1957/1958 (age 61–62)
Martinsville, Virginia
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army seal United States Army
Years of service1980–2016
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands heldUnited States Army Materiel Command
General Via on Jay Leno's Garage describing the Army's fuel efficient demonstration vehicle FED Alpha.

Military careerEdit

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.[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.

Awards and decorationsEdit


  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".

  1. ^ "Official Bio" (PDF). US Army Materiel Command. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  2. ^ General Via to retire after leaving Army Materiel Command Friday
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Military offices
Preceded by
Ann E. Dunwoody
Commander, United States Army Materiel Command
28 June 2012 to 30 September 2016 [1]
Succeeded by
Gustave F. Perna