By: Katie McGuire
Fourteen newly commissioned 2nd Lts., cadets of Cadet Leadership Course 8 and their cadre had the unique opportunity yesterday afternoon to hear Gen. Dennis Via speak about his experiences in the Army and his advice on succeeding.
The luncheon was held in a conference room in the Cantingny Dining Facility Monday morning. Here 14 selected 2nd Lts who served as cadre for Cadet Summer Training had the opportunity to dine with Via and get to know him on a personal level.
Via began his military career when he commissioned in May of 1980 in the Signal Corps from Virginia State University. Since then, he made his way through the ranks and many different duties for the Army until recently he became the 18th Commander of the U.S. Army Material Command in August of 2012. AMC is the Army’s provider of materiel readiness to ensure dominant land force capability for the U.S. Warfighter and the U.S. allies.
Although his credentials are a long list of successful moments in the Army, General Via spoke with the 2nd Lts about his expectations for our new officers and their careers.
“You will be a qualified leader, and that’s what I need you to be, our nation needs you to be,” he said. He then commended the officers on their accomplishments and hard work so early in their military careers. “I want to thank you for your service,” said Via.
He later opened up the discussions for questions and any other advice the officers had for him.
After the luncheon with the new officers, Via had the opportunity to speak with CLC regiment 8 and their cadre members at Olive Theater later in the afternoon. The General began his speech with his military background and some of the experiences he has had being in the military for over 30 years.
Later, Via gave a presentation to the cadets on what is expected for a future army officer: good character. Gen. Via told the cadets this is where the foundation of a good career starts, a positive attitude is what separates a good day from a bad one.
Cadets must keep the Army values in mind: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. Cadets were encouraged to keep the difference from a good unit to a great unit is the standards they as officers in command have.
He continued to give them advice on teamwork, because he believes this is how the army works well, together.
To end his speech the General reiterated what it means to be a future army officer and the standards that come with being in the army. “You’re building your reputation now, and your reputation is your resume,” he said.
Gen. Via ended the event by encouraging the cadets to ask any questions they have for him.