Operation Inherent Resolve

 

Lieutenant General Paul E. Funk II

Commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve

Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk is the Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command; the Commanding General of III Armored Corps and Fort Hood, Texas.

Lt. Gen. Funk was born at Fort Hood, Texas, graduated from Fort Knox High School, and was commissioned an Armor Officer through ROTC upon graduation from Montana State University. His first assignment saw him serve a variety of Armor and Cavalry roles to include Tank Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, 2d Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas.
Lt. Gen. 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
Joint assignments include:
• Chief, Joint Exercise Section J-37, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
• Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), Combined Joint Task Force-1 in Afghanistan
• Commander, Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq in Baghdad, Iraq
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.
This is Lt. Gen. Funk’s sixth deployment. He has been privileged to lead Soldiers in combat during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, twice in Operation Iraqi Freedom, in Operation Enduring Freedom, and in Operation Inherent Resolve.
His awards and decorations include the 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 four bronze stars, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral four, NATO Medal, Defense of Saudi Arabia Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and Combat Action Badge.
Lt. Gen. Funk holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Montana State University and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and completed his Senior Service College as a fellow attending the Institute of Advanced Technology at the University of Texas at Austin.


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