FORT HOOD — The general tapped to be the next commander of III Corps and Fort Hood is on post and already at work, Army officials confirmed.
Maj. Gen. Paul Funk II is serving as special adviser to Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, according to Fort Hood officials. Funk will be promoted to lieutenant general and will assume command of the corps and Fort Hood after MacFarland’s next position is confirmed by Congress and announced by the Department of the Army.
Funk is a Fort Hood native and the son of retired Lt. Gen. Paul “Butch” Funk, a Gatesville-area resident who also is a former III Corps and Fort Hood commander. The younger Funk has a long history with Fort Hood, and was born on post in the 1960s. He later was married at Fort Hood.
According to the elder Funk in a January interview with the Herald, his son’s first assignment in the Army was also at Fort Hood with 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He returned to the “Ironhorse” brigade later as a lieutenant colonel and commanded 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, and eventually took over the “Ironhorse” brigade as a colonel.
The junior Funk is married to Beth Funk, who was an assistant principal at Meadows Elementary School the last time the couple was stationed at Fort Hood.
The younger Funk will also be the guest speaker for the April 21 meeting of the Central Texas chapter of the Military Officers Association of America in Killeen. Active-duty and retired officers, including warrant officers, of all services and Reserves are welcome to attend. For more information about the chapter, the meeting or how to become a member, call 254-699-0999.