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Sunday, 15 November 2015

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " DENNIS L. VIA " IS A FOUR STAR GENERAL IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Dennis L. Via


Dennis L. Via
General Dennis L. Via, USA.jpg
Bornc. 1957/1958 (age 57–58)
Martinsville, Virginia
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army seal United States Army
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands heldUnited States Army Materiel Command
Awards
General Via on Jay Leno's Garagedescribing the Army's fuel efficient demonstration vehicle FED Alpha.
General Dennis L. Via (born c. 1958) is a four-star general in the United States Army.[1] He assumed responsibilities as the 18th Commander of the United States Army Materiel Command (AMC) August 7, 2012,[2] headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, AL. He is the first Signal Corps Officer since General Henry H. Arnold to achieve four-star rank.

Military career

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 decorations

US Army Airborne master parachutist badge.gifMaster Parachutist Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svgJoint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.pngArmy Staff Identification Badge
AMC shoulder insignia.svgArmy Material Command Combat Service Identification Badge
US-Signal-Corps-DUI.pngArmy Signal Corps Distinctive Unit Insignia
Honduras Jump Wings.jpgForeign Parachutist Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze star
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