The command team that will lead Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division through the global missions that await them in the coming years is now complete.
Maj. Gen. William Mayville, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, officially welcomed Brig. Gen. Donald MacWillie and Brig. Gen. Paul Funk to the “Big Red One” Family during a Victory Honors ceremony Aug. 15 at the 1st Inf. Div. headquarters.
MacWillie will serve as the division’s deputy commanding general for support, and Funk will serve as the division’s deputy commanding general for maneuver.
“Today we welcome two great (Soldiers) to our team,” Mayville said as he addressed the Soldiers, Families and friends of the Big Red One who had gathered for the ceremony. “We look forward to (their) leadership, mentorship and seasoned insights.”
The experience the two new generals have already begun to share with their Big Red One Family is gleaned from long Family traditions of service. MacWillie is a fifth generation Soldier, and Funk served with his father and his father-in-law during deserts Storm and Shield.
“(Soldiering) is the Family business” for Funk and MacWillie, Mayville said.
MacWillie is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has served in various positions throughout the Army including as commander of the 4th Aviation Brigade and deputy chief of staff for the 1st Cavalry Division. A master aviator, MacWillie most recently served as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, Texas.
“Sherri and I are very proud to be here and be a part of this great team,” he said.
Funk is a graduate of Montana State University and has served in a variety of positions throughout the Army including as commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and chief of staff of III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas. An armor officer, Funk most recently served as the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth.
“Beth and I are immensely proud to become members of this extraordinary team,” Funk said. “Had I known how wonderful Fort Riley and the (Central) Flint Hills Region were, I would have gotten here a lot earlier.”
Although their current assignments mark the first time MacWillie and Funk have worn the Big Red One patch, both men have strong ties to Kansas and Fort Riley and said they are looking forward to doing whatever they can to make the 1st Inf. Div. the best in the Army.
“I’m humbled to be a member of this storied division,” MacWillie said. “I will work hard every day to make a difference for our Soldiers and their Families.”
By Mollie Miller
1st INF. DIV. Public Affairs
Mollie Miller | 1ST INF. DIV.
Brig. Gen. Donald MacWillie, left; Maj. Gen. William Mayville, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, center; and Brig. Gen. Paul Funk, right; participate in the Victory Honors ceremony Aug. 15 at the 1st Inf. Div. headquarters. MacWillie is the division’s new deputy commanding general for support, and Funk is the division’s new deputy commanding general for maneuver.