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 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 any challenge and prepare Soldiers and their Families for the missions they will face. All Soldiers have Family, whether immediate or extended, and we understand the importance of those Families within our team. Meeting the needs of our Soldiers & Families, those leaving after a tremendous tour of service and those arriving who will contribute to the next chapter of the ‘Mission Ready’ history, is integral to our mission.

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 focuses 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 to which we might deploy. No matter what unit, 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 look 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 CPL Lopez at mitchell.r.lopez.mil@mail.mil.

MISSION READY!



JAMES H. PLATT
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.

James H. Platt Jr.

CSM James H. Platt Jr. is a native of Tulsa, Ok. He enlisted in the Army on January 19, 1995 and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC and AIT at Aberdeen Proving Grounds (Edgewood), MD. He was awarded the primary MOS of 63H, Track Vehicle Repairer. After completing seven years of active duty, he joined the Oklahoma Army Reserves. He returned to active duty April 2003 and attended AIT at Fort Sill, OK. He was awarded the primary MOS of 13M, Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember. His previous duty assignments include: Track Vehicle Repairer, National Training Center Support Battalion, Fort Irwin, CA; Senior Auto Repairer SGT, 19th Maintenance Battalion, Fort Sill, Ok; Senior Track Wheel Vehicle Repairer, Delta Company, 702nd Main Support Battalion, Camp Stanley, Korea; Shop Foreman, Bravo Company, 101st Forward Support Battalion, Fort Riley, KS; Section Chief, Bravo Battery, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery, Camp Stanley, Korea; Fire Platoon Sergeant, Alpha Battery, 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Section Chief, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery, Camp Casey, Korea; Fire Platoon Sergeant, Charlie Battery, 2nd BN, 20th FA, Fort Hood, TX; Operations Sergeant, Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, Fort Hood, TX; Support Platoon Sergeant, Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery, Camp Casey, Korea; Advanced Leader Course, Senior Small Group Leader, NCO Academy, Fort Sill, OK; First Sergeant, Senior Leader Course, NCO Academy, Fort Sill, OK; First Sergeant, Charlie Battery, 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, Fort Wainwright, AK; First Sergeant, Headquarters Battery 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, Fort Wainwright, AK.

He has also served on numerous combat tours, to include: Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-06, Butler Range Complex (Baghdad) Iraq; Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-09, FOB Delta (Al Kut) Iraq.

CSM Platt’s military and civilian education includes; First Sergeant Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 68), Master Fitness Trainers Course, U.S. Army Combatives Course (Level 1,2,3,4), Master Resilience Training Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, Small Group Instructor Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Technical Transportation of Hazard Materials Course, Transportation/Storage of Hazardous Materials, Unit Movement Officers Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Force XXI Battle Command Course, Casualty Notification & Assistance Officer’s Course, Air Assault School, Unit Prevention Leaders Course, MLRS Precision Fires Rocket and Missile Systems Course (NET), and the Combat Lifesaver Course.

His education degrees include a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and an Associate’s degree in General Studies from Columbia Southern University.

His awards and decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (12th OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (5th OLC), the Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd bronze star) , the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal (4th bronze star), the Korean Defense Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 6), Meritorious Unit Citation Award, the Air Assault Badge, and the Mechanic/Drivers Badges. CSM Platt is a recipient of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

CSM Platt currently resides in Cache, Ok. He has three daughters: Jayme, Kristian, and Ashley that resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma

2-18th FAR Unit History

The 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment has a long and storied unit history that traces its beginning to the American Revolution. On 6 January, 1776, the Provincial Congress of New York voted to raise a company of artillery, of which Alexander Hamilton was selected to command. This unit fought in the Revolutionary War as the “New York Company of Artillery”, and later designated as Company F, 5th US Artillery in 1821. The company was repeatedly called upon to fight and to provide protection for settlers on the Western Frontier. Company F was later re-designated Battery F, and under its new designation fought valiantly throughout the American Civil War. At the Battle of Gettysburg, Battery F supported General Slocum’s XII Corps, from whose insignia the star on the 2-18 FA unit crest derives. The fishhook in the upper left hand corner of the unit crest represents the shape of the Union battle lines. In 1901, after participating in the war with Spain and serving a tour in the Philippines, Battery F was re-designated the 8th Battery, US Field Artillery. Six years later, on 1 June, 1908, the 8th Battery became Battery D, 5th Field Artillery Regiment. From elements of the 5th Field Artillery, the 18th Field Artillery Regiment was constituted on 3 June, 1916 as part of the Regular Army. One year later, the Regiment was organized as a horse-drawn 155-mm howitzer unit at Fort Bliss, Texas. During WWI, the 18th Field Artillery Regiment supported 3rd Division, suffering its first casualties in the Second Battle of the Marne, where it fired 31,000 155-mm shells. They were attached to 42d Division briefly for its attack against the St. Mihiel Salient, and then rejoined 3rd Division for the attack into the Argonne Forest. The French government later awarded the 18th Field Artillery Regiment the Croix de Guerre with Gilt Star.

Following Armistice on 11 November 1918, the Regiment assumed occupation duties and set up headquarters at Polch, Germany. In the summer of 1919, the Regiment returned to the United States and performed garrison duties until they were inactivated on 15 February 1922. On 1 January, 1935, the 18th Field Artillery Regiment was re-activated at Fort Sill, with a primary mission to support the Field Artillery School. The 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment was the last artillery battalion in the Army to use horses, which were phased out and replaced by trucks in 1942.

The 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment served with distinction during 10 months of combat in WWII, and was awarded five campaign streamers; Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe campaigns. In its role as a separate light field artillery battalion, the 2-18th FAR executed over 2,000 fire mission in support of two field armies (the First and Seventh), eight corps, one brigade, 16 divisions and one cavalry group. Since the close of WWII, the battalion contributed to the Cold War occupation of Europe, and fought in Desert Storm/Desert Shield. More recently, the battalion participated in relief efforts following hurricane Katrina, as well as tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and in the United Arab Emirates as part of Operation Spartan Shield. Today, the 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery stands ready to deploy to the Republic of Korea and provide rocket and missile fires in support of the Combined Forces Commander.