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General (Ret) Dennis L. Via - Biography

Dennis L. Via is a native of Martinsville, VA. He attended Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA, where he graduated in May 1980 as a Distinguished Military Graduate, and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.


Via began his career with the 82nd Signal Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC. During his 32-year Army career, his principal assignments have included Commanding General, CECOM Life Cycle Management Command and Fort Monmouth, NJ.; Commanding General, 5th Signal Command, and U.S. Army Europe & Seventh Army (USAREUR) Chief Information Officer/Assistant Chief of Staff, G6 (CIO/G6); Director, Global Operations, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations (USSTRATCOM); Commander, 3rd Signal Brigade and III Corps Assistant Chief of Staff, G6; Commander, 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; Division Chief, Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G8, Headquarters, Department of the Army; and Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, J-6, The Joint Staff, Washington, DC.


Prior to his current assignment, as a Lieutenant General, he was Army Material Command'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.

On 7 August 2012, Dennis L. Via was elevated to the rank of four-star General and assumed duties as the 18th Commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness to ensure dominant land force capability for the U.S. Warfighter and our allies.

Dennis is retired now and active in many organizations.


General Via holds a Master's Degree from Boston University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster 
Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Commendation Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Master Parachutist Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Army Staff Identification Badge

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