FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) Fort Hood Commander Lt. Gen. Paul Funk II is preparing to move on from the post and Central Texas in the coming weeks.
Funk has had many accomplishments at Fort Hood. During his last official press conference Tuesday, he talked about the accomplishments, preparations he’s made for his next role and a moment of reflection.
“This is my hometown. These are my people. This is my reputation, this is where I live and my family grew up. This is incredibly important to me, the Central Texas area,” he said.
After taking over in March 2017, Funk — the 60th commander for III Corps and Fort Hood — led the mission to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. During the III Corps headquarters’ deployment, more than 1.6 million people in Iraq and Syria were liberated from ISIS control.
“Watching the collapse of a terrible, evil people…ISIS watching that caliphate collapse was very powerful for me,” Funk said.
He will soon leave “The Great Place” after being promoted last month to four-star general and assigned as the commanding general of the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia.
His responsibilities will include overseeing training of Army forces and the development of operational doctrine.
“Understanding how to make citizens into soldiers really gets me excited,” he said.
As the international climate beings to shift, Funk says he’s not concerned.
“My job is not to be concerned. My job is to be ready for anything and anywhere and we will be ready. We are training constantly. Our job is to sharpen the sphere and be ready,” he said.
A ceremony for his departure is set for June 5. No formal announcement has been made on his successor.