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New training center named after former III Corps Commander

Posted at 4:07 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-18 09:49:30-04

FORT HOOD, TX — A new training center honors a man who served as the three Corps commander.

General Richard Cavazos was a Korean War recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross as a first lieutenant and the Army's first Hispanic four-star general.

Though he died in 2017, his legacy will now live on.

Lieutenant General (Retired) Paul E. Funk, the former commanding general of III corps, describes Gen. Cavazos as an honorable man.

"He would have hated this today because everybody is praising him. But nevertheless, he deserved it," said Lt. Gen (Ret) Paul E. Funk. "Above all the people that I knew as a soldier at that time, he deserved it."

General Cavazos served more than 30 years in the United States Army. Those that served with him say training was his number one priority.

"He felt deeply the responsibility for the training that Tom talked about. He did feel in his heart that he was responsible for that," said Lt. Gen. (Ret) Funk. "He wasn't going to let anything stand in his way to prepare his people, his soldiers, for combat."

The love Gen. Cavazos had for the Army and his fellow battle buddies is one even his family recognized.

"He loved his men, the men and women who served with him. He was always looking after their welfare all the time," said Thomas Cavazos, Gen. Cavazos’s son. "This was something that was always important to my father and very appropriate, I think, to put his name on this and remind everybody where his emphasis was during his career."