Last week I introduced you to XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg’s senior command team. This week I’ll give you a little information about another important duo, the Fort Bragg Garrison command team.
The Fort Bragg Garrison is led by Col. Brett T. Funck, the Fort Bragg Garrison Commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. John K. Cervenka.
Funck has served as the Fort Bragg Garrison commander since July 2015.
Funck’s military career began in 1994 when he was commissioned as an infantryman from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Military assignments have taken Funck to Germany, Hawaii, Kansas and New York among others.
He has held a variety of positions including a Long Range Surveillance Company commander, team leader for Joint Task Force Full Accounting, operations officer and executive officer for 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division and commander of 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry.
In addition to his assignments, Funck has deployed twice to Operation Joint Guardian in Albania and Kosovo, three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has also deployed to Burma, Papua New Guinea, Laos, Vietnam, China, Fiji, Australia, North Korea and Europe in search of troops missing in action.
Before becoming the Fort Bragg Garrison commander, Funck served as the 10th Mountain Division operations officer.
In a letter to Fort Bragg, published Aug. 6, 2015, Funck explained his mission to the community.
“As the Army’s largest installation, accounting for well over 10 percent of its current strength, and continually operating with 5,000 to 10,000 Soldiers deployed, our mission is unique and challenging.
“Maintaining the Global Response Force, sustaining the infrastructure to ensure the GRF can meet its specified timeline, while also operating and maintaining over a dozen child care or youth facilities, nearly 1,500 miles of roads, and running the fifth largest city in North Carolina is a challenge we take seriously and strive to improve our readiness, support, and installation capabilities every day,” he said.
The Fort Bragg Garrison senior noncommissioned officer, Cervenka, assumed responsibility in November 2015.
He enlisted in the Army in 1993 as an infantry Soldier and has since served in many leadership positions including team leader, squad leader, rifle platoon sergeant, scout platoon sergeant, senior drill sergeant, ranger instructor, operations sergeant major and first sergeant.
He has served at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Vilseck, Germany and Fort Bliss, Texas. Before coming to Fort Bragg, he was the command sergeant major for two units in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Cervenka is a fixture at most Fort Bragg events to show his support of troops, their Families and the installation. He can be spotted talking with community members at events such as golf scrambles, the quarterly volunteer award ceremony, the Good Neighbor Dinner and more.
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