A memorial and dedication ceremony was held to recognize a recently departed retired general officer.
The III Corps and Fort Hood Mission Training Complex, which is in the early stages of construction off West Range Road, was named to honor the legacy of Gen. Richard E. Cavazos, who passed away Oct. 29, 2017.
Before the new signage for the III Corps and Fort Hood General Richard E. Cavazos Mission Training Complex was unveiled, memories of Cavazos’ time as a Soldier and person were brought to the attention to those in attendance during the dedication.
“It’s a privilege and an honor for me to be here and be asked to make some remarks today because the most admired Soldier of my time in the Army was Gen. Dick Cavazos,” said retired Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk Sr. “I promise you that’s true. There were lots of things that made him that.”
Funk went on to say that Cavazos was a dedicated Soldier and Family man.
“So, a hero, a Family man. Above all, though, his Family was the entire Army,” Funk said.
“All of us felt that. So for the children who probably … didn’t get all of that time because he was always gone, fighting wars or doing things with the rest of us, we were in many ways, his children, too. And I say that unabashedly.”
Thomas Cavazos, son of Gen. Cavazos, said his Family was appreciative of the center being named in his father’s honor, however mentioned his modesty as a person.
“My father never sought great shrines or lofty monuments or a blockbuster movie to commemorate his service. He felt indebted to so many others who has sacrificed so much more …” Thomas Cavazos said. “He was always humble and he said once, ‘I didn’t make general, my Soldiers made me general.’ … He would hate this, but I’m going to defy him one more time and say that I think it’s most fitting to dedicate this training center to him and our Family is deeply touched by this and I know his heart and spirit will be forever here, eager to share his lessons with each of you.
Gen. Cavazos served in the Army for 33 years before he retired. He served as the III Corps commander from 1980-1982, before assuming his final position as the U.S. Army Forces commander.
To close out his remarks, Funk summed up Cavazos’ military service career and his personality.
“In the end, he was a Soldier, but above all, he was a leader of Soldiers …” Funk said. “He was tremendously modest, very confident, he was just a great Soldier and we loved him.”