Already having his name added to the annals of history as the sixth African-American four-star general of the U.S. Army, Gen. Dennis Via (pictured) has achieved another milestone by becoming the highest ranking officer within the renowned Signal Corps.
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After attaining the rank of general on Aug. 7, Via, a Virginia native, was named as the commander of the Army Material Command (AMC) a week later. Via’s promotion makes him only the second Army officer to achieve this feat since World War II, reports the Afro-American.
As head of the AMC, Via’s duties include overseeing the Army’s technological and material development arm. This also includes having a say in the development and testing of rations, weapons, vehicles and any other devices and apparatuses the Army will provide to its soldiers.