FORT HOOD — Although the formal change-of-command ceremony will come later, Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II officially took command of III Corps and Fort Hood on Friday.

Funk signed III Corps assumption-of-command orders Friday, making him the new commander of III Corps, which includes military units at Fort Hood; Fort Bliss; Fort Carson, Colo.; and Fort Riley, Kan.

Outgoing commander, Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, is still awaiting orders on his next assignment, Fort Hood spokesman Tyler Broadway said Friday.

Funk is scheduled to be promoted to lieutenant general April 12, the same day the III Corps change-of-command ceremony will take place, officials said.

Leading up to that ceremony will be a military drill known as “Exercise Courageous Hammer,” which will take place April 3-12 at Fort Hood and various other U.S. installations.

Funk will command III Corps staff and its subordinates during the exercise, officials said.

“The exercise builds staff skills in planning and executing military operations under a range of realistic wartime conditions in austere environments,” Fort Hood officials said in a news release.

Funk and his family have a long history with Fort Hood and the other units assigned to III Corps, including assignments to Fort Bliss, Fort Carson and Fort Riley.

The Army announced in December that Funk would be the next Fort Hood and III Corps commander, replacing MacFarland, who took command Aug. 8, 2014.

Funk was born at Fort Hood in the 1960s and was later married on post.

About eight years ago, he served as III Corps chief of staff. Previously, he served with the 1st Cavalry Division, and is a former brigade commander with the First Team.

His wife is Beth Funk, who was an assistant principal at Meadows Elementary School the last time the couple was stationed at Fort Hood. She recently opened up a business in Killeen.

The new commander’s father is retired Lt. Gen. Paul “Butch” Funk, who led III Corps and Fort Hood in the mid-1990s. The elder Funk currently lives in the Gatesville area. | 254-501-7468

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