The 2-18th Field Artillery Regiment is a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) battalion.  On order, 2-18th FAR deploys for worldwide contingency operations in order to plan, synchronize, and deliver surface to surface precision and general support rocket and missile fires in support of combined and joint forces conducting full spectrum operations.

On behalf of the Soldiers, Leaders and Families of the 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment, we would like to welcome you to the ‘Mission Ready’ team and Fort Sill, Oklahoma! Our Battalion is a part of the 75th Field Artillery ‘Tough as Diamonds’ Brigade and III Corps ‘Phantom Warriors’.

I am sure you will find your assignment here in Oklahoma both professionally and personally rewarding. From the moment you set foot in the Battalion you will become part of a team focused on excellence, and taking care of Soldiers & Families. Your assignment to Oklahoma will be one of your most memorable military tours.

Our team of trusted professionals takes pride in our ability to meet whatever challenges are presented and ensure Soldiers and their Families are prepared for the missions they will face. Integral to our mission is ensuring the needs of our Soldiers and Families are met – those leaving after a tremendous tour of service and those arriving Families that will contribute to the next chapter of the ‘Mission Ready’ history. All Soldiers have Family, whether immediate or extended, and we understand the importance of those Families within our team.

75th FA Brigade and III Corps enjoy a distinguished reputation. We balance our rigorous and realistic training with quality of life initiatives. The ‘Mission Ready’ team is focused on training to ensure accurate and responsive fires for maneuver commanders. We train to conduct rapid deployment to any operational environment and integrate accurate, timely, and decisive fires in support of III Corps during Unified Land Operations.

The Battalion is currently in a period of intense training in preparation for any Decisive Action operation we might be assigned. No matter what unit you are assigned to, you are a valued member of the ‘Mission Ready’ Battalion. We will challenge you to achieve new heights of excellence, professionally and personally.

Again, welcome to the 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment. We are looking forward to your arrival. If there is anything that we can do to help you, feel free to contact your sponsor or the Battalion Sponsorship Coordinator SGT Rackard at timothy.d.rackard.mil@mail.mil

MISSION READY!



SAMUEL ZOKER
CSM, USA
Command Sergeant Major
JAMES RAINES
LTC, FA
Commanding

LTC Raines

LTC Jim Raines entered the United States Army on 14 February 1995. He graduated Basic Training from Fort McClellan, AL in 1995 as a 54B, Chemical Operations Specialist, and served as a Smoke Generator Operator in the 401st Chemical Co, 81st ARCOM. He graduated Advanced Infantry Training from Fort Benning, GA in 1996 as an 11C, Infantry Mortarman, and served in various positions within the Mortar Plt of HHC, 1-108th Armor, 48th BCT GAANG. He graduated from North Georgia College on 27 May 2000 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the United States Army in the Field Artillery Branch.

LTC Raines has served in the following duty positions and organizations: Fire Support Officer C Co 2-37 AR, Fire Direction Officer B Btry 2-3 FA, Executive Officer/ Recon & Survey Officer HHB 2-3 FA, Combat Observation Lasing Team (COLT) Platoon Leader 1BCT 1st Armor Division, Battalion Adjutant and Assistant Operations Officer 4-320 FA, Commander A Btry and HHB 4-320 FA, Plans Officer 4BCT 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fire Support Officer 1 Bn 5th Special Forces Group, Fire Support Officer 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), Operations Officer and Executive Officer 3-27 FA (HIMARS), Executive Officer 18th FA Brigade, and Fire Support Officer for Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

LTC Raines has deployed four times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/ New Dawn, three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, once in support of Operation Spartan Shield, and once in support of Operation Inherent Resolve

LTC Raines’ civilian and military education includes: a degree in Business Management from North Georgia College, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Infantry Captains Career Course, Command & General Staff College, Air Assault School, Airborne School, UAS Staff/Leaders Course, Precision Fires Course, Joint Firepower Controller Course, and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Course.

LTC Raines’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (C Device), Army Commendation Medal (Valor Device & 5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1 Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (5 Stars), Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal (1 Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Number 4), NATO Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation (2 OLC), Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Combat Action Badge.

LTC Raines is married to the former Allison D. Smith from Cartersville, GA and they have 3 sons Wilson, Conner, and Sawyer.

CSM Samuel H. Zoker

Samuel H. Zoker is from Trenton, N.J. In September 1998, Zoker enlisted in the U.S. Army as a field artilleryman, where he was awarded the military occupational specialty (MOS) of 13B. During his time in the military, Zoker had the opportunity to serve in various capacities. His assignments include cannon crew member, 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Okla.; gunner, ammunition team chief, howitzer section chief, gunnery sergeant and chief of firing battery, 2nd battalion, 319th Airborne field Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg, N.C.; military science instructor and senior military science instructor, Creighton University Army ROTC, Omaha, Neb.; battery first sergeant, 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, JBER, Alaska; and fires cell operations sergeant, 1st Brigade Combat Team, Fort Bragg, N.C.

He completed a Bachelor's degree in organizational management from Ashford University and a Master's in leadership from Ashford University, and is two classes away from completing an MBA. He graduateed of every NCOES school from the Warrior Leader Course to the Sergeants Major Academy (Class 66).

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (two oak leaf clusters [OLC]), Meritorious Service Medal (four OLC), Army Commendation Medal (three OLC), Army Achievement Medal (nine OLC), Good Conduct Medal (fifth award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign (One bronze campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Service Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drivers Badge, German, Canadian and Egyptian Parachutist Badge. He is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and Honorable Order of Saint Barbra.

Command Sgt. Maj. Zoker is married to his lovely wife Brandy and they have four children, Samuel, Thomas, Mary and Sarah.

2-18th FAR Unit History

The 2d Battalion, 18th Artillery, traces its beginning to 3 June 1916 when the 18th Field Artillery Regiment was constituted (placed on the rolls but not activated) as part of the Regular Army. One year later, on 1 June 1917, the Regiment was organized at Fort Bliss, Texas.

On 12 November 1917, the 18th Field Artillery Regiment was assigned to the 3d Division. On 14 July 1918, the battalion went into action at Chateau Thierry, where the German Seventh Army had attacked and established a bridgehead across the Marne River. For the next four days, the 18th Field Artillery Regiment supported the 3d Division as it stopped the German attack in what historians later named the “Second Battle of the Marne.” When World War I ended, the Regiment had been in combat almost continuously for four months and had earned five battle honors for participation in the Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Champagne 1918 campaigns. The French government later awarded the 18th Field Artillery Regiment the Croix de Guerre with Gilt Star for its part in the Champagne-Marne and Aisne-Marne campaigns.

On 31 December 1922, the Regiment's 1st Battalion was activated at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. With this activation, the 18th FA again became a horse-drawn unit armed with 75mm French guns. The unit was assigned the mission of supporting the Field Artillery School, a mission it performed with distinction. The Regiment's support mission for the Field Artillery School continued until 1943. During the 20 year period, the 18th FA, as the primary school support unit became one of the best known organized units in the Army. Thousands of artillerymen who trained at Fort Sill during the period between the World Wars recall the 18th FA as the first artillery unit they ever saw. Many of the Regiment's members during this period later rose to high rank and filled positions of great responsibility. Notable among these men were Second Lieutenant William C. Westmoreland (General and Chief of Staff the Army), Colonel Louis A. Craig (later Major General and Commander of the 9th Infantry Division during World War II), and Second Lieutenant Charles P. Brown (later Major General and Commander of the Field Artillery School and Fort Sill).

After the beginning of World War II, the Regiment and its four Battalions continued a school support mission at Fort Sill until March 1943. On that date, the 18th Field Artillery Regiment and its battalions were reorganized and re-designated. The Regimental headquarters became Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 18th Field Artillery Group. The 1st, 2d, 3d, and 4th Battalions became the 685th, 687th, 689th, and 693d Field Artillery Battalions. It is from one of these battalions, the 685th, that the present 2d Battalion, 18th Artillery is descended. During the 10 months of combat, the 18th Field Artillery Battalion received five campaign streamers; Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe campaigns. In its role as a separate light field artillery battalion, the 18th FA supported two field armies (the First and Seventh), eight corps, one brigade, 16 divisions and one cavalry group, firing 2,105 fire missions (57,973 105-mm and 6,896 4.5-inch rocket rounds).

On 1 August 1946, the 18th Field Artillery Battalion was again activated at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The battalion was equipped with self-propelled 155-mm "Long Tom" guns and attached to the 5th Field Artillery Group with a mission of supporting the Field Artillery school. In 1955, the 18th Field Artillery Battalion returned to Fort Sill where it was converted to a towed eight-inch howitzer unit and again assumed the familiar mission of supporting the Field Artillery School.

Since the close of the Second World War the battalion has taken place in the Cold War occupation of Europe, culminating in the action in Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Since the conclusion of the Cold War the battalion has participated in the relief efforts following hurricane Katrina, as well as tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and most recently in the United Arab Emirates as part of Operation Spartan Shield. Today, the 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery stands ready as the organic M270A1 Battalion in the III Corps Artillery, supported by a highly skilled Forward Support Company ready to conduct rapid deployment and provide lethal precision and area fires around the world.