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Viar has spent long career in armed forces

September 12, 2009

Lt. Col. William T. Viar, son of Judy Haines and the late William C. Viar, graduated from Williamsport High School in June 1988.

He entered Virginia Military Institute in August 1988 to earn a four-year degree.

He graduated from VMI as a nuclear physicist in May 1992.

He was assigned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Ga., as an intelligence officer for one year.

He was then transferred to Fort Stewart, Ga., for three years and at that point he was promoted to captain.

He served in Haiti from Sept. 1994 to March 1995. He was next assigned to three years in Italy. At the end of his tour of duty in Italy, he was sent to Bosnia.

Returning to the United States, he attended the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where he earned his master's degree.

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He spent the next year in Korea.

Returning to the United States, he was assigned to the Defense Threat Reduction Area in Fort Belvoir, Va., for three years.

He has spent the last three years at West Point in New York, where he taught physics and engineering.

Ending this assignment while still at West Point, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

In June, he was assigned to Fort Belvoir.

He and his wife, Kate, live in Alexandria, Va.

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