Fort Hood: Son of former III Corps commander takes reins Friday

Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk, II. (Fort Hood photo)
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FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk, II, the son of a former Fort Hood commander, signed his assumption of command orders Friday as he takes over command of III Corps.

One of Funk’s first duties will be to command III Corps staff and all of its subordinates in exercise Courageous Hammer, which is set to run April 3 – 12 at Fort Hood and at other locations and various other installations, a news release from III Corps said.

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

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

Funk said his family looks forward to continuing the long-standing partnerships and relationships with neighboring communities.

Upon completion of the exercise April 12, Funk will be promoted to lieutenant general and will receive the III Corps colors from outgoing commander Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland.

His father, retired Lt. Gen. Paul “Butch” Funk, commanded III Corps and Fort Hood in the 1990s.