Funk

Fort Hood’s top officer, Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this week to be promoted to the rank of general and assigned as commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Fort Hood officials said Friday.

Funk has served as commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood since March 2017.

“Lieutenant General Funk is honored to be confirmed for his fourth star and looks forward to leading Soldiers as commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. He and Dr. Beth Funk remain focused on III Corps and Fort Hood,” said Col. Myles B. Caggins III, Director of III Corps Public Affairs, in a written statement.

A date for a change of command is not yet finalized. No announcement has been made for Funk’s successor.

Funk, a Fort Hood native, was promoted to lieutenant general in early 2017, replacing Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who took command of III Corps and Fort Hood in August 2014.

Funk formerly served in the Pentagon as assistant deputy chief of staff for the Army.

He has a long history with Fort Hood, including being born on post in the 1960s and getting married at Fort Hood.

In 2017, Funk led about 250 soldiers from the III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood to Iraq and Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat the Islamic State group.

Funk is the son of retired Lt. Gen. Paul “Butch” Funk, who led III Corps and Fort Hood in the mid-1990s, and they represent the first father-son duo to ever have commanded Fort Hood.

The elder Funk, who lives near Gatesville, said the family is feeling “immense pride” about their son’s promotion to the rare rank of a four-star general. He said the Army has only about eight four-star generals at this time.

“It’s really about all the soldiers he’s led” especially in combat, said the retired Funk, adding his son has been deployed for 60 months — five years — throughout his military career.

Those deployments started with Desert Storm in which both Funks rolled into Kuwait and Iraq with the 3rd Armored Division in 1991. The elder Funk was the division’s commander at the time, while the younger Funk was a company commander.

In his time as the III Corps and Fort Hood commander, Paul E. Funk II focused on training while modernizing mounted warfare and keeping good relations with community leaders, his father said.

“Tradoc is a tough job,” the elder Funk said, but he’s confident his son will be able to handle it.

Created in 1973, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command — or Tradoc — recruits and trains soldiers, and supports unit training, according to the command’s website. It also oversees 32 Army schools, each focused on a separate area of expertise within the Army. These centers train over 500,000 soldiers and service members each year.

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