Huntsville, Ala. ---- Six doctoral, five educational specialist and 139 master’s degree candidates are slated to receive their diplomas at Alabama A&M University’s Spring Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in the Von Braun Center Arena. The graduate degree candidates will be joined by more than 300 men and women on program to receive baccalaureate degrees.
General Dennis L. Via, who assumed duties as the 18th Commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) in 2012, will be the keynote speaker. AMC is
the Army’s premier provider of materiel readiness to ensure dominant land force capability for the U.S. Warfighter and allies.
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 native of Martinsville, Va., 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 he is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (1991) and the U.S. Army War College (1999). General Via also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Among his numerous awards are the Defense Distinguished 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 Oak Leaf Cluster; 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, Joint Staff Identification Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge. General Via holds the distinction of being the only Signal Corps officer in U.S. Army history to be promoted to 4-Star General.
Gen. Via is married to the former Linda A. Brown of Warsaw, Va. They have two sons, Brian and Bradley.