According to a news release, Army Chief of Staff. Gen. Raymond Odierno and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd Austin were in attendance for the promotion ceremony, which was held in Madison, Alabama.
Via is the first-ever signal officer in the history to be promoted to four-star general.
He was commissioned in 1980 in the Signal Corps after graduating as a distinguished military graduate from Virginia State University. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Boston University, and is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
Via thanked a high school teacher, Edward Fontaine, for his support over the years. He credited Fontaine for getting him enrolled into Virginia State University.
"Mister Fontaine epitomizes that one person can make a difference in your life. I tell that story because it's not about me today, it is about the impact all of us can make on someone in our lives," Via said, according to the news release.
Via is married and has two sons. He will serve as the 18th commanding general of the AMC.