MOAA Meeting

Aaron Zook, president of Military Officers Association of America Central Texas, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Paul Funk II, Fort Hood and III Corps commander, as he was the guest speaker at the monthly MOAA meeting on Friday, April 21, 2017.

KILLEEN — New III Corps and Fort Hood Commander Lt. Gen. Paul Funk II spoke to the Central Texas chapter of Military Officers of America Association at the Shilo Inn on Friday.

Funk addressed the chapter’s monthly meeting, where he spoke about the significance of coming “home” to the Great Place.

“When you’re an Army brat, you don’t often get the chance to go back home,” Funk said.

Funk, a Fort Hood native and the son of a former Fort Hood commander, officially took command of III Corps and Fort Hood on March 31.

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

Funk was promoted to lieutenant general April 12.

Funk replaced Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who took command of III Corps and Fort Hood on Aug. 8, 2014.

About eight years ago, Funk 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.

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

“I am a product of this Great Place,” Funk said. “I believe this is a great place, not because of its structures, but because of the people.”

His 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.

His wife, Beth Funk, was an assistant principal at Meadows Elementary School the last time the couple was stationed at Fort Hood.

“We understand Central Texas, and love it so,” Funk said. “It is the great Central Texas region that allows us to grow and learn and just be great teammates together.”

For more information about the Central Texas chapter of Military Officers of America Association, please visit moaa.org/chapter/centraltexas.

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