FORT HOOD, Texas — A III Corps change of command ceremony, marking the transfer of leadership from Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II to Maj. Gen. Robert “Pat” White, will be held at 9:30 a.m. June 5 on Fort Hood’s Sadowski Field.
Funk will be promoted and serve as commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command after departing Fort Hood.
White most recently served as director of operations, United States European Command. White and his wife, Emma, moved to Fort Hood from Stuttgart, Germany, this month.
White served as an armor officer since earning a commission from Claremont McKenna College in 1986. Over his three decade career, he served in a variety of command and staff positions of increasing responsibility in the United States, Europe, Middle East and South Asia. These include combat deployments for Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Inherent Resolve.
While new to Fort Hood, White has served in III Corps units several times during his career. From July 2017 through March 2018, while commanding the 1st Armored Division, White led ground operations in Baghdad during the final defeat of ISIS in Iraq. White’s headquarters reported to III Corps and Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
White’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal for Valor.
Upon completion of the change of command, White will hold a brief press opportunity inside the III Corps Headquarters building.
Media wishing to cover the change of ceremony should register hear by 4 p.m. June 4. On June 5, media should meet public affairs escort in the southside parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 8:30 a.m.