FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) In remarks Tuesday on the U.S. Senate floor, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, congratulated III Corps and Fort Hood Commander Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II on his promotion and praised him for his service to the post.
Last Thursday the Senate confirmed Funk’s promotion to the rank of general and his assignment as commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis,Va.
Funk, the son of a former Fort Hood commander, signed his assumption of command orders in March 2017 as he took over command of III Corps.
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.
His father, retired Lt. Gen. Paul “Butch” Funk, commanded III Corps and Fort Hood in the 1990s.
“As excited as we were for him to take the helm at Fort Hood, it felt more like a homecoming for General Funk. As a matter of fact, he was born at Fort Hood and is the son of a previous Commander of III Corps and Fort Hood. They were the first father-son duo to command a unit and joined a small but impressive group of other fathers and sons who have commanded the same corps,” Cornyn said.
“Throughout his career, Lieutenant General has been deployed five times and has led soldiers during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, twice in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and in Operation Inherent Resolve. General Funk is highly decorated and has received multiple Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, multiple Legion of Merit Awards, and numerous Bronze Stars, among other medals,” he said.
“The state of Texas is sad to say farewell, but we wish him the very best as he heads to Virginia for this incredible opportunity and his continued service to our country.”
A date for a change of command has not been determined and no announcement has been made about Funk’s successor.