Paul E. Funk

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"Lieutenant General (Retired) Paul E. Funk is presently employed by the Mounted Warfare Foundation as the President and Chief Executive Officer, and is also a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Previously, General Funk worked as the Vice President of Middle Eastern Operations for General Dynamics in Riyadh, KSA, and later as the Vice President for Services for General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, MI. General Funk worked as Director for the Education and Technology Applications Division at the University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Advanced Technology, where he was also a member of the Army Science Board.

"General Funk holds a Doctorate of Education and Masters in Psychological Counseling from Montana State University. He earned Distinguished Military Graduate honors from Montana State University, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant. General Funk has held a number of command positions, from platoon through division, leading to his assignment as the Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood, TX. He served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Armor Center and Fort Knox, KY, from June 1992 to October 1993. He commanded the 3rd Armored Division, U.S. Army, Europe, from December 1990 to April 1991, when the Division distinguished itself as part of the VII Corps, during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq. He is the only Division Commander to lead the Division in combat since World War II. He was the Commanding Lieutenant General of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Fort Irwin, CA; Assistant Division Commander, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized), Fort Lewis, WA; Commander of the 194th Separate Armored Brigade; and 5th Battalion, 33rd Armor, Fort Knox, KY.

"His awards and decorations include: the Distinguished Service Medal (Two Oak Leaf Clusters); Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit (Two Oak Leaf Clusters); Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters); Meritorious Service Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters); Air Medal with “V” device (and twenty-five Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal with “V” device (and three Oak Leaf Clusters); Vietnam Service Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters); Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Service Medal (with three bronze stars), the Army Aviator Badge, and the Joint Chief of Staff Identification Badge. He was selected as one of the top 100 graduates in the first 100 years from Montana State University. In 1998, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Montana State University."[1]


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  1. Samueli Institute Paul E. Funk, organizational web page, accessed July 28, 2013.