Funk Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series Event

Funk Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series Event

Gen. Paul Funk
Photo by: U.S. Army/Audrey Chappell

The Association of the U.S. Army’s Coffee Series will feature Gen. Paul Funk, commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command, on June 2.

The in-person event will take place at AUSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The event opens at 6:30 a.m. with coffee and networking. Funk is scheduled to speak at 7:20 a.m.

It is free for military members, government employees and the media. All attendees must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are optional. For more information or to register, click here. 

Online registration closes at 5 p.m. Eastern May 31. On-site registration is available on June 2 based on available seating.

Funk has commanded Training and Doctrine Command since June 2019. As commander, he is responsible for 32 Army schools that recruit, train and educate more than 500,000 soldiers and service members annually.

As the Army turns its focus from two decades of war and prepares for large-scale combat operations, Funk has said that well-trained soldiers who know how to maximize their training, skills and equipment will become even more important.

“The Army of 2030 requires soldiers and leaders who are highly trained, disciplined and fit, with the knowledge, skills and behaviors to operate advanced technological systems to fight in multidomain environments,” Funk said earlier this year. 

Business as usual will no longer be enough, Funk said.

“Our antiquated training model of solely relying on live training exercises at combat training centers will not provide the number of repetitions required to achieve task mastery and compete in today’s operational environment,” he said.

Soldiers must be prepared to fight in small, dispersed elements, away from their higher headquarters, Funk said. They also must be ready to deal with degraded communications and cyberattacks.

“The Army of 2030 must be able to operate distributed across larger battlefields, with no safe havens and less direct communication between soldiers and leaders,” Funk said.