Gen. Dennis L. Via gives remarks
Gen. Dennis L. Via, AMC Commanding General, gives remarks at the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Association of the United States Army member dinner, Feb. 4. U.S. Army Photo by Cherish Washington, AMC Public Affairs.

BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2013) -- Gen. Dennis L. Via, AMC's commanding general, gave remarks at the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the United States Army Industrial Associates Member dinner, here Monday evening.

Via spoke to the organization on AMC's priorities while facing challenging fiscal realities surrounding the Department of Defense.

He began by sharing the reality that budgets aren't the conversation in a war-zone but surviving is.

While Via was on a recent trip to a combat zone, the flag flew at half mast for a young Soldier that succumbed to injuries from an improvised explosive device during a convoy.

Despite the loss, Soldiers lined up the next morning preparing for another convoy, Via shared with the intimate audience.

Via went on to discuss the mission of AMC describing how it is shifting from production and combat support to one of sustainment and readiness and an equally cumbersome mission of retrograde.

"We spent 11 years transporting equipment into Afghanistan; that was one challenge and a significant one. Getting it all back out is quite another," Via stated. "As we continue to drawdown in Afghanistan, our science and technology efforts will be key in remaining prepared for the next contingency and remaining the most dominant land force in the world."

Via addressed the concerns in the room without hesitation.

"We realize these are challenging times; however we must continue to move forward with our mission of providing support to the warfighter," Via said.

"Regardless of budget decisions and outcomes our role does not change," he said. "Our AMC team will continue to focus on today's mission requirements with the resources we are provided and plan for all future contingencies."

Via concluded, "With your continued support and your strong partnership, the United States Army Materiel Command stands postured ready to make a global impact in support of our Army and the joint force."

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