A ceremony Thursday at Texas A&M University-Central Texas unveiled pavers on the Military Friends and Family Walk in front of Founders Hall honoring former commanding generals of III Corps and Fort Hood.

About 150 people attended the ceremony hosted by the college and the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the United States Army.

Of the 31 commanders who have served since 1954, six of them attended the ceremony, including retired Gens. Robert M. Shoemaker and Thomas A. Schwartz, retired Lt. Gens. H.G. “Pete” Taylor and Paul E. Funk, Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, and Gen. Robert Cone, commander of the Training and Doctrine Command.

The paver tribute was the idea of Billy Mills, local AUSA chapter past president.

“I wanted a fitting way to honor the leaders of Fort Hood who’ve been instrumental in advancing public higher education in the Central Texas region,” Mills said.

There are spaces for 5,000 pavers at the entrance of Founders Hall.

Proceeds from the sale of pavers benefit student scholarships.

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