VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Association 27th Memorial Reunion Weekend

Our Speakers

Reunion Dinner Speaker: Lieutenant General Paul E. Funk II, CG, III Corps

LTG Paul E. Funk II

Lieutenant General Paul E. Funk II is the 60th Commanding General of the III Armored Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, commanding four combat divisions, a sustainment command, a cavalry regiment, a fires brigade, and multiple enabler units encompassing almost 100,000 Soldiers on five installations across five states.

LTG 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. He served in a variety of Armor and Cavalry roles in his first assignment to include Tank Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, 2d Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas.

LTG 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

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.

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
  • Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in Baghdad, Iraq

LTG Funk has deployed six times and 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 twice in Operation Inherent Resolve.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with “C” device, 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 two bronze service stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze service star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with one bronze service star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral six, NATO Medal, Defense of Saudi Arabia Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and Combat Action Badge.

LTG 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.

Memorial Service Commander’s Remarks: Lieutenant General (USA Ret.) Randolph W. House

LTG Randolph W. House (Ret.)

General Randy House was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, graduated from Lamar High School in Houston in 1963, and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Class of 1967 from Texas A&M University where he received a Regular Army commission in the Infantry. After his second tour in Vietnam, he received a Master’s Degree from Clemson University. General House has commanded in peace and war at every level of command from an infantry platoon in the 82nd Airborne Division to Deputy Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command. He was a helicopter platoon leader in Vietnam and an Infantry Company Commander in Vietnam and in Germany. He commanded a Mechanized Infantry Battalion at Fort Polk, LA, and a Tank Brigade during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.

As a Brigadier General, he was the Assistant Division Commander of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO. He was the Deputy Commandant at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS. As a Major General, he was privileged to command the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division, the famed “Big Red One” at Fort Riley, KS. He later served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Dr. William Perry. As a Lieutenant General, he commanded the 8th Army in Korea and had a second three-star command as Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Command in Hawaii.

General House received numerous awards for valor in combat to include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Silver Star, the Soldiers Medal, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, 32 Air Medals, two Bronze Stars, and the Vietnamese Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stars. His military meritorious awards include three Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Award, The US Army Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, and three Meritorious Service Medals,

He retired with 33 years of service to College Station with Jeanie, his wife of 49 years. They have two married daughters and four grand children. General House owns & manages a cow/calf operation in Grimes County. For ten years after 9/11 he was a senior mentor to the Department of Defense Senior Military Commands for classified exercises and operations worldwide. He is on advisory boards at Texas A&M to include the Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M at Galveston Board of Advisors, the George Bush School of Government Development Council, has been a mentor to MSC SCONA student leaders for several years, and taught at the George Bush School. He has given the Commissioning Address at Texas A&M twice. He has been on Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial board for many years, currently serving as President. He has been selected to the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor, the Legends of Aggieland, and inducted into the 2016 inaugural class of the U. S. Army ROTC National Hall of Fame .