The April 21, 2017 CENTEX MOAA meeting will be held at Shilo Inn 3701 South WS Young Drive, Killeen, TX 76542-2805 at 1130 hours. Guest Speaker will be LTG Paul Funk, II. Incoming Commanding General III Corps and Ft Hood, Texas. General Funk will take command on the April 12th, the same day he is being promoted from Major General to Lieutenant General.
General Funk is making military history by assuming command of a major command previously commanded by his father, LTG Paul (Butch) Funk in the 1900’s. This may be the only time in the III Corps history that a son has followed his father in command here. Another military service man, Major General George S. Patton III, in 1975, followed his father in a command of the 2nd Armored Division, then at Ft Hood. His famous father, George S. Patton, Jr, commanded the division in North Africa during World War II.
Another father-son team was Gen. Creighton W. Abrams and his son, Gen. John N. Abrams, both of whom commanded V Corps in Germany. Lt. Gens. William Caldwell III and William Caldwell IV, both of which commanded Army North/Fifth Army and Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio are another father-son duo.
LTG Funk is a Ft. Hood native, in that he was born on post in 1960. He and his wife were married on Ft Hood. His first assignment in the Army was at Fort Hood. As a Lieutenant Colonel he commanded 1st Squadron, 7th Calvary Regiment and then as Ironhorse 6 as a Colonel. He served as brigade commander with the 1st Team of 1st Calvary Division, 2nd Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. He also served as III Corps Chief of Staff.
Members and guests are reminded to make reservation early and on-line at centexmoaa.org.
CENTEX MOAA promotes the purposes and objectives of the national Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Protects the rights and interests of personnel of the seven uniformed services and their dependents and survivors. MOAA's advocacy helps to protect the pay and benefits for our nation's servicemen and women who serve, or have served, in the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Marines, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Public Health Service. Chapter legislative liaisons encourage state government officials to be aware of military initiatives such as advocating for a strong national defense.
MOAA's chapters provide the "grassroots" support of their advocacy mission. With over 390,000 MOAA members nation-wide, approximately 30,000 of which are in Texas, MOAA's primary mission is to advocate in Congress on behalf of our nation's uniformed services. Membership consists of active duty and National Guard and Reserve officers, former officers and their dependents and survivors.