TRADOC Commander Visits Fort Sill During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Dustin BivenApril 7, 2020

Gen. Paul E. Funk II, right, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets trainees at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
1 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Paul E. Funk II, right, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets trainees at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Fort Sill’s Commanding General Ken L. Kamper and Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Foley, wait at the Henry Post Army Airfield at Fort Sill, OK, for the arrival of Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
2 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Fort Sill’s Commanding General Ken L. Kamper and Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Foley, wait at the Henry Post Army Airfield at Fort Sill, OK, for the arrival of Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Fort Sill’s Commanding General Ken L. Kamper and Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Foley, wait at the Henry Post Army Airfield at Fort Sill, OK, for the arrival of Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
3 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Fort Sill’s Commanding General Ken L. Kamper and Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Foley, wait at the Henry Post Army Airfield at Fort Sill, OK, for the arrival of Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Fort Sill’s Commanding General Ken L. Kamper and Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Foley, greet Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at the Henry Post Army Airfield at Fort Sill, OK, with elbow bumps on April 7, 2020 to limit physical contact. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
4 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Fort Sill’s Commanding General Ken L. Kamper and Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Foley, greet Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at the Henry Post Army Airfield at Fort Sill, OK, with elbow bumps on April 7, 2020 to limit physical contact. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Gen. Paul E. Funk II, middle, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command met with Col. David R. Zinnante, left, commander of Reynolds Army Health Clinic, at the Henry Post Army Airfield at Fort Sill, OK, greeting him with an elbow bumps on April 7, 2020 to limit physical contact. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
5 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Paul E. Funk II, middle, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command met with Col. David R. Zinnante, left, commander of Reynolds Army Health Clinic, at the Henry Post Army Airfield at Fort Sill, OK, greeting him with an elbow bumps on April 7, 2020 to limit physical contact. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Trainees at Fort Sill, OK, are screened for fever symptoms on April 7, 2020. TRADOC leaders have implemented measures across all of US Army training centers to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
6 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Trainees at Fort Sill, OK, are screened for fever symptoms on April 7, 2020. TRADOC leaders have implemented measures across all of US Army training centers to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Gen. Paul E. Funk II, right, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets with trainees at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
7 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Paul E. Funk II, right, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets with trainees at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Gen. Paul E. Funk II, middle, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command met with Col. Anthony Lugo, left, Fires Center Chief of Staff, at the Henry Post Army Airfield at Fort Sill, OK, greeting him with an elbow bumps on April 7, 2020 to limit physical contact. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
8 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Paul E. Funk II, middle, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command met with Col. Anthony Lugo, left, Fires Center Chief of Staff, at the Henry Post Army Airfield at Fort Sill, OK, greeting him with an elbow bumps on April 7, 2020 to limit physical contact. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Gen. Paul E. Funk II, right, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets trainees at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
9 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Paul E. Funk II, right, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets trainees at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Gen. Paul E. Funk II, center, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, engages with the cadre of 428th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
10 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Paul E. Funk II, center, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, engages with the cadre of 428th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Gen. Paul E. Funk II, center left, the commander of The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets with cadre and trainees at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
11 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Paul E. Funk II, center left, the commander of The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets with cadre and trainees at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the commander of The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, shares a laugh while conversing with the cadre of 428th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
12 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the commander of The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, shares a laugh while conversing with the cadre of 428th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the commander of The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, discusses the importance of proper social distancing and proper preventative measures at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
13 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the commander of The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, discusses the importance of proper social distancing and proper preventative measures at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL
Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the commander of The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, discusses the importance of proper social distancing and proper preventative measures at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
14 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the commander of The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, discusses the importance of proper social distancing and proper preventative measures at Fort Sill, OK, on April 7, 2020. Funk visited Fort Sill to meet with leadership throughout Fort Sill and assess the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Dustin Biven) VIEW ORIGINAL

In an environment filled with such uncertainty, strong Army leaders strive to assure their Soldiers that their safety and health remains a top priority. That’s exactly what Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), wanted to convey on his recent visit to Fort Sill, Okla., on April 7, 2020.

During his visit, Gen. Funk visited 428th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, speaking to new trainees who are beginning their careers in the Army.

After asking the trainees why they chose to serve, he offered words of encouragement and expressed admiration for their decision to join the world’s most lethal fighting force.

Gen. Funk’s visit comes just one day after the announcement of a ‘Tactical Pause’ on all new recruits to Basic Combat Training (BCT).

A tactical pause allows commands to ensure appropriate procedures, processes, materials, and personnel are in place specifically to “thicken medical capabilities” to protect those currently training and those joining our ranks.

“TRADOC is committed to maintaining the army’s fighting strength by assessing and training the highest quality men and women in the safest environments possible,” said Gen. Funk. “TRADOC leaders have implemented measures across all of US Army training centers to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Although Fort Sill is implementing this tactical pause at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, trainees currently in their BCT cycle will continue to train while adhering to proper social distancing and added preventative measures.

“The health and safety of our Soldiers, civilians, and families remain TRADOCs highest priority, especially now,” said Gen. Funk. “We will continue to do our part in practicing prudent prevention and remind all of our personnel to adhere to the guidance outlined by our military and government leadership.”

The Army continues to adapt to meet the needs in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In an abundance of caution, all Soldiers arriving at Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) will be physically screened upon arrival and all Soldiers, cadre, Drill Sergeants, and support staff will be screened on a daily basis.

“I want you all to continue to be the leaders of your squad and to take the necessary precaution to ensure force health protection. The bottom line, I want you to be the leader you would want to be led by. I want you to know your squad and do the right things at the right time,” said Gen. Funk.