Major General Paul E. Funk II 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 Operations Officer, 2d Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas.
Other positions held include Squadron Operations Officer of 1st Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, CO; Observer Controller with the Live Fire Team (Dragons) at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA; Regimental Operations Officer, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment; Chief (Exercise Division) at US Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO; Division Operations Officers, 1st Cavalry Division; Chief of Staff, III Corps; Deputy Commanding General at the Combined Arms Center for Training, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 1st Infantry Division.
Major General Funk has commanded at every level including A Company, 2d Battalion, 32nd Armor Brigade; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 67th Armor Brigade, Kirchgoens, Germany; 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment (GARRYOWEN); and 1st Brigade Combat Team (IRONHORSE), 1st Cavalry Division, both at Fort Hood, Texas. He is currently serving as the Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Major General Funk has been deployed to combat in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with three bronze oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Valorous Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Citation with three bronze oak leaf clusters, the Army Superior Unit Citation with two bronze oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze stars, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with four bronze stars, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral four, the NATO Medal, the Defense of Saudi Arabia Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.
Major General Funk holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major 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.
Major General Funk is married; he and his wife have three children.