The U.S. Army lieutenant general who recently assumed command of all U.S. and Allied forces in the Middle East lived for a time in Roundup where his father, also a three-star general, grew up.
According to information provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II commands forces representing 62 partner nations in the Middle East. His father, Lt. Gen. (Retired) Paul “Butch” Funk, served 32 years as a soldier and has three degrees from Montana State University, including a doctorate of education and an honorary doctorate from the university’s Engineering Department.
The mother of the younger Lt. Gen. Funk, the former Danny Brown, is also an MSU graduate. Butch and Danny Funk live on Spearhead Ranch near Copperas Cove, Texas, where they raise registered Polled Herefords outside a town near Ft. Hood.
The younger Lt. Gen. Funk, 55, was born in Fort Hood and attended grade school in Roundup. He also attended Bozeman-area schools for four years while his father attended graduate school at MSU and served an overseas assignment in Korea.
He graduated from Ft. Knox High School in Kentucky, then attended MSU, where he earned a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps commission as an armor officer.
His bachelor’s degree is in speech communications. He also has a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of 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 in Austin.
He’s been deployed six times, leading soldiers in combat during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, twice in Operation Iraqi Freedom, in Operation Enduring Freedom and in Operation Inherent Resolve.
He is the senior Sigma Chi and MSU alumnus on active duty in the U.S. Army and becomes the senior active duty service member in the U.S. Department of Defense.