The Grand Paramount CarabaoThe Grand Paramount Carabao is General Dennis L. Via, US Army, Retired, is an Executive Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Virginia. A senior executive in the Global Defense Group, he leads strategic planning and multi-year market growth strategies. He serves as Chair of the Firm’s Global Ethics and Compliance Committee. Prior to joining Booz Allen, he retired from the US Army as a 4-star General. From 2005 to 2011, he held multiple senior leader and commander positions across DoD with focus on information technology, network operations, cybersecurity, and global supply chain, culminating his career as the Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command, the largest global logistics, Information Technology, and Research & Development enterprise in DoD. General Via is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Association of the United States Army, and the AFCEA Executive Board. He is the first commissioned Signal Corps Officer in the US Army’s 243-year history to achieve the rank of 4-star General.
A Brief History of the Military Order of the Carabao
The Military Order of the Carabao is one of the most unique organizations associated with our nation's military history. It was founded in 1900 to counter and satirize the very pompous Order of the Dragon, which was founded by those who had defeated the very short-lived Boxer uprising in China. This idea for a lampoon was conceived by several Army officers one night at the Army-Navy Club in Manila during the Philippine Insurrection. As with most jests, it contained a serious ingredient which gradually surfaced to eclipse the initial joke.
The Carabao Order came to epitomize the camaraderie that grows among members of the armed forces who face the dangers and privations of extensive military service far from home.
While the original spoof was real enough, the Carabao Order came to epitomize the camaraderie that grows among members of the armed forces who face the dangers and privations of extensive military service far from home. By the way, the effete Order of the Dragon was disbanded many years ago.