Lieutenant General Funk has held every significant leadership position in the Army from Platoon Leader through Commander of the III Armored Corps and Fort Hood, Texas. A highly-decorated combat veteran with extensive service in both Vietnam and in Iraq during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Lieutenant General Funk is also a well-recognized educator, holding a Doctorate in Education from Montana State University. Lieutenant General Funk now serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation.
Mr. William P. Kliewer is a native of Weatherford, Oklahoma, and a 1972 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, from which he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Commission in the US Army Transportation Corps. Mr. Kliewer served in the US Army from 1972 to 1977, then settled in Killeen, Texas, and developed highly successful business interests in both the insurance and automobile industries. Mr. Kliewer’s significant public service includes service as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, President of the Central Texas Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, President of the Killeen Industrial Foundation, Secretary of the Killeen Independent School System Board of Trustees, and a variety of leadership positions in other volunteer and philanthropic organizations. Mr. Kliewer is the Chairman of the Board of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation.
Mr. Jose Segarra is an Army Veteran who served over 10 years in uniform. Upon completion of his military service, Mr. Segarra settled in Central Texas and studied the real estate industry. In 2005 he opened Exit Homevets Reality. Mr. Segarra is extremely active in the community and his many associations and philanthropic efforts include service as the President of the Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors, as well as service as Regional Vice President of the Executive Board of the Texas Association of Realtors. He is also a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), and Certified Internet Professional (e-Pro). He is a member of the Killeen and Harker Heights Chambers of Commerce, and serves as on the Executive Board for the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce as the Treasurer. He is also a member of the Killeen Heights Rotary Club, the Lonestar Toastmaster Club and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAREP). Mr. Segarra serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Colonel (Retired) Otis Evans has served at all levels in Army healthcare management and culminated his career as Director of the Walter Reed Regional Healthcare System. In addition to extensive professional military training, he holds a B.S. degree in Education from Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas and a M.A. degree in Management and Public Administration from Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri. Since moving to Killeen in 1994, Otis has served three years on the Killeen City Council and six years on the Central Texas Council of Governments. He is active in charities and other philanthropic efforts in the greater Central Texas community. Colonel Evans serves as Secretary on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Dr. Jimmie Don Aycock is a native of Bell County and Central Texas. A 1970 graduate of the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and served in the US Army, earning an Army Commendation Medal for his service. During the period 1972 to 1998, Dr. Aycock owned and operated successful veterinary clinics in Killeen, Harker Heights, and Copperas Cove, Texas. Dr. Aycock held several publicly elected positions before becoming a Texas State Representative. He has served on the Central Texas College Board of Trustees, Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees, and served as president of both the Comanche Hills Utility District and the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District #3. He has held many past service positions including positions with the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. He was also president of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce. In 2006 Dr. Aycock was elected to serve in the Texas Legislature, representing House District 54 which includes western Bell, Lampasas, and Burnet counties. As a member of the Texas House of Representatives, Representative Aycock serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, the Public Education Committee, and Redistricting Committee. Representative Aycock was appointed by the former Speaker of the House to the National Conference of State Legislatures Committee on Agriculture, Environment, & Energy, and was recently appointed to the Select Committee on Public School Finance by House Speaker Joe Straus. He is also a member of the Texas Legislative Tourism Caucus, the Rural Caucus, and the Energy Council. Dr. Aycock serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Ms. Beck helped her Dad, Bernie Beck, open the first bank on Fort Hood in 1966. She joined Union State Bank in 1996, as CIO, and now holds the Vice Chairmanship of the Board and President/CEO. The mottos of her community independent bank is, “Where People Make the Difference” and “Our Family Bank is Your Family Bank." Ms. Beck’s previous background was in small business startups and operations as well as children's advocacy. She has owned and run businesses ranging from an Advertising Agency, low power TV stations, early Computer Tech development, art gallery, to a variety of Communications businesses. She was in strategic planning, consultant management, management information systems development (MIS), Federal and State regulatory development and implementation, Texas Legislative Liaison for State and Federal DHR Budgets, and contract negotiation for the State. Also, she has served as a lobbyist for the Developmentally Disabled with an independent Federal agency. Ms. Beck is active with Texas Banking organizations like TBA and IBAT at the both state and national levels. She is also very involved in many community activities and Boards, including C5 Texas Youth Foundation for at risk teens. She profoundly believes in service to soldiers and their families; and to that end, participates in organizations like AUSA to sustain Fort Hood’s standing as a key American Army base; helping to ensure the levels of funding to maintain that elite standing. Ms. Beck serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Ms. Connell is a leading Central Texas business person and civic leader. She has extensive experience in State and National governmental affairs. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and has held influential positions at both the State and Federal government levels. Her extensive resume’ of civic and philanthropic efforts include the Vive les Arts Advisory Board, the Killeen Economic Development Corporation, Copperas Cove Hospital Authority, Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, President of the Peaceable Kingdom Retreat, Bell County Museum, Central Texas College Foundation, Friends of West Point, Operation Wildflower, Killeen Centennial Commission, and others. Ms. Connell serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Scott Cosper was elected Mayor of Killeen May 10, 2014. He previously served as an At Large City Councilman from 2000 to 2006 and from 2008 to 2011. Mayor Cosper is a lifelong Killeenite and a graduate of the Killeen Independent School District. He is the owner of several local businesses specializing in residential and commercial development and construction. Mayor Cosper has a long history of serving the community in various capacities including the Killeen Airport Expansion Committee, Planning & Zoning Commission, Water/Sewer/Drainage Committee, Central Texas Council of Governments and the Hill Country Transit District Policy Board. He is a current member of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and the Central Texas Homebuilders Association. Mayor Cosper and his wife, Christy, have two daughters, Taylor Renee and Kaitlyn Rebecca. Mayor Cosper serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Mr. Emilio A. Perales is a retired Army Veteran who served over 21 years in uniform (1986-2008). During his time of service he witnessed the Berlin Wall being removed while stationed in West Germany. He served in Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom 4 and 6. Upon completion of his military service, Mr. Perales had already settled in Central Texas and was very active in the real estate industry. In 2001 he became a Licensed Agent in the State of Texas, by 2005 he became a Licensed Broker. He is the owner of Vista Real Estate and 3 Nex-Gen Development LLC. Mr. Perales is active in the Central Texas community and his many associations and philanthropic efforts include service as the MLS Chairman of the Temple Belton Board of Realtors, Director in the Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors, as well as serving on the MLS/Technology Committee for the Texas Association of Realtors. Mr. Perales was the Treasurer for 3 years in the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights. Mr. Perales is a member of AUSA, Killeen Chamber of Commerce, Belton Chamber of Commerce, Temple Chamber of Commerce, and 13th COSCOM Association as well as participating in a variety of fund raising efforts for the community and Fort Hood. Mr. Perales serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Mr. Terry Tuggle is a native of Odessa, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Tuggle serves as the President, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of the Fort Hood National Bank. He additionally serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of the First National Bank of Texas. Mr. Tuggle has a legendary reputation for public service in Central Texas. He is the recipient of the coveted Roy J. Smith Award for Public Service, and holds the rare designation of "Fort Hood Good Neighbor", a select group of civilians singled out for their service to Soldiers and their Families. Mr. Tuggle's many professional and philanthropic affiliations include: Association of Military Banks of America, Board of Directors; Association of United States Army, Board of Directors and Past President; Killeen Economic Development Corporation, Board of Directors; Killeen Industrial Foundation, Board of Directors and Past President; Killeen Independent School District Educational Foundation, Board of Directors; Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, Governmental Affairs & Local Affairs Chairman and Past President (twice); United Way, Financial Institution Chairman; Killeen/Harker Heights Rotary Club; Independent Bankers Association of Texas, Area Advisor and member of the Legislative Committee; Scott & White Hospital, Board of Visitors; former Vive Les Arts, Board of Directors and Boy Scouts of America (Longhorn Council), Advisor. Mr. Tuggle serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Mr. Ted Smith served as an active duty JAG officer at Fort Hood before he opened his first private practice in Killeen in 1976. Ted is a fixture in the Central Texas community. He has served as city attorney for Harker Heights; been elected to the Harker Heights City Council; served as chairman of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, the Metroplex Hospital Foundation, and the Killeen Food Care Center Board of Directors. He is serving or has served on the Viva Les Artes Society Board of Directors, the Youth Services Bureau, Killeen and Harker Heights Rotary clubs, and Young Life.
Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland is the Commanding General of III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas. He was commissioned in 1981 and has served in Armor and Cavalry units throughout his career. Lieutenant General MacFarland is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, the Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was a cavalry platoon leader and troop executive officer in 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas, the Squadron S4 and the commander of A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 12th Cavalry in Buedingen, Germany, S3 and XO of 3rd and 1st Squadrons, respectively, of the 4th Cavalry in Schweinfurt, Germany and in Bosnia. He commanded 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor in Macedonia and Vilseck, Germany. He also commanded 1st Brigade Combat Team (Ready First), 1st Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany and in Iraq, where the Ready First fought in Tal Afar, Sinjar, Hit and Ramadi. Most recently, he was Commanding General of Fort Bliss, Texas and the 45th Commanding General of the 1st Armored Division (Old Ironsides). His awards include the Combat Action Badge, Distinguished Service Medal, 3 Defense Superior Service Medals, 2 Legions of Merit, 3 Bronze Stars, 6 Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals, 5 Army Achievement Medals, the Joint Staff Identification Badge, Airborne and Air Assault Wings. Lieutenant General MacFarland serves as an Ex Officio Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Major General J.T. Thomson is the Commander of the First Cavalry Division. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant as Field Artillery officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986. Major General Thomson also has a Master’s Degree from Long Island University. He deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom three times, and served as the 75th Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab. Major General Thomson serves as an Ex Officio Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.