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.
Welcome to the 2D Battalion, 18TH Field Artillery Battalion “Mission Ready,” the 75TH Fires Brigade “Though As Diamonds”, and the III Corps.
Congratulations on your assignment to the best Field Artillery battalion in the Army, a famous battalion, with a distinguished history. 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 striving for excellence, and taking care of Soldiers & Families.
Your assignment to Oklahoma will be one of your most memorable military tours. The 75TH FAB and the III Corps enjoys a distinguished reputation. We balance our tough and demanding training with quality of life initiatives.
You are arriving at an exciting time in the history of the 2D Battalion, 18TH Field Artillery and the 75TH Fires Brigade. The battalion has recently completed several National Training Centers rotations and countless field training exercises to ensure we are always mission ready, fit to fight and ready to win. The battalion has also deployed four times since 2003, Iraq (2003), Afghanistan (2006), Iraq/Africa (2008-2009), and United Arab Emirates (2012-2013) in support of the War on Terror. The Battalion is currently in ARFORGEN TRAIN/READY 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 Mission Ready Battalion. We will challenge you to achieve new heights of excellence, professionally and personally. The battalion is committed to live by the Army values and demonstrated the expectations of the creeds and codes of the Army. We are a proven battalion capable of accomplishing any and all assigned missions.
Again, welcome to the 2D Battalion, 18TH Field Artillery. 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 Crapps at (580) 442-4829 or email at email@example.com.
Command Sergeant Major
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew H. Winters hails from Modesto, California. He
graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1997 and was
commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery.
LTC Winters' first assignment took him to 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division where he served in a number of battalion staff and platoon level leadership positions in 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, Bamberg, Germany. Upon graduation from the Captain's Career Course, Matt and his newly married spouse moved to Fort Drum, New York to serve in a variety of organizations before taking command of the division separate battery, E/7 FA, prior to the unit's transformation under modularity into B Battery, 4-25 FA, 3rd BDE, 10th Mountain Division. After Fort Drum, LTC Winters and his family moved to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany where he served as an operations officer at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies.
Subsequently, LTC Winters moved up the road to the 170th Infantry Brigade in Baumholder, Germany, where he served as the Battalion S3, 24th BSB, and the Battalion Executive Officer, 1-84 FA. After the inactivation of the 170th Infantry Brigade, LTC Winters and his family moved to Washington D.C. to serve in the National Military Command Center as Assistant Deputy Director for Operations, and as Chief of Operations, Training, and Standardization in the J33 Directorate, Joint Staff.
LTC Winters' overseas tours include three deployments to Afghanistan, one deployment to Iraq, and one deployment to Kosovo.
He is married to the former Claudia Seemann from Stettbach, Germany. They have two children, Noah and Lana.
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.