Gen. Paul E. Funk II assumed duties as the 17th Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, on June 21, 2019. As TRADOC commander, Funk is responsible for 32 Army schools organized under eight Centers of Excellence that recruit, train and educate of more than 500,000 Soldiers and service members annually.
Funk was born at Fort Hood and graduated from Fort Knox High School. He was commissioned an Armor Officer through ROTC upon graduation from Montana State University. He served in a variety of Armor and Cavalry roles in his first assignment to include Tank Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, 2d Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas.
General Funk has commanded at every level including:
- A Company, 2d Battalion, 32d Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade, 3rd Armored Division in Kirchegoens, Germany
- Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Armored Division in Kirchgoens, Germany
- 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment (GARRYOWEN), 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas
- 1st Brigade Combat Team (IRONHORSE), 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas
- 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) at Fort Riley, Kansas
- III Armored Corps (AMERICA’S HAMMER!) at Fort Hood, Texas
Operational assignments include: Observer Controller with the Live Fire Team (Dragons) at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California Squadron Operations Officer of 1st Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado Regimental Operations Officer, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado Division Operations Officer, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas Chief of Staff, III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas Deputy Commanding General at the Combined Arms Center for Training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army in Washington, D.C.
Joint assignments include:
Funk’s combat and operational experience includes six deployments in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with combat device; Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with three bronze oak leaf clusters; Bronze Star Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Army Commendation Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Valorous Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation with three bronze oak leaf clusters; Army Superior Unit Award with two bronze oak leaf clusters; National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star; Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze stars; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze star; Iraqi Campaign Medal with three bronze stars; Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with two bronze stars; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Army Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral five; NATO Medal; Defense of Saudi Arabia Medal; Kuwait Liberation Medal, and Combat Action Badge.
Funk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications, from Montana State University, and a Master of Science degree in administration, from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Armor Basic Officer Leaders and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and completed his Senior Service College as a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Technology, University of Texas at Austin.