Lieutenant General Dennis L. Via assumed duties as the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Deputy Commanding General on 1 May 2011. His previous assignment was the Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Systems, J-6, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
A native of Martinsville, Virginia, Lieutenant General Via was commissioned on 18 May 1980 in the Signal Corps after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Virginia State University. He later earned a Master’s Degree from Boston University, and is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College (class of 1991) and the U.S. Army War College (class of 1999).
The General’s command assignments include the 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; 3rd Signal Brigade, III Armored Corps, Fort Hood, TX; 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, NJ.
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; Chief Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, United States Army, Washington, DC; and Principal Director, Global Information Grid Operations/Commander, Defense Information Systems Agency Global Operations/Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations, Defense Information Systems Agency, Arlington, VA.
The General’s awards include the Defense Distinguish 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 and Army Staff Identification Badge.
Lieutenant General Via is married to the former Mrs. Linda A. Brown of Warsaw, Virginia. They have two sons, Brian and Bradley.
As of June 2011