Lieutenant Col. James Raines (left), commander, 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment (Rotational), 210th Field Artillery Brigade and Cartersville, Georgia native, and Command Sgt. Maj. James Platt Jr., 2-18 FAR command sergeant major and Tulsa, Oklahoma native, , unfurl the battalion colors during a transfer of authority ceremony, July 19, at Camp Casey, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Osvaldo Martinez)
Lieutenant Col. James Raines (left), commander, 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment (Rotational), 210th Field Artillery Brigade and Cartersville, Georgia native, and Command Sgt. Maj. James Platt Jr., 2-18 FAR command sergeant major and Tulsa, Oklahoma native, , unfurl the battalion colors during a transfer of authority ceremony, July 19, at Camp Casey, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Osvaldo Martinez)

2-18 FAR assumes role as rotational MLRS battalion

by Sgt. Osvaldo Martinez
U.S. Army

CAMP CASEY, Republic of Korea – The 210th Field Artillery Brigade welcomed 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment (FAR) as the new rotational multiple launch rocket system battalion during a transfer of authority ceremony, July 19.

The 210th FAB bid farewell to 3-13th Field Artillery as it ended its nine month rotation to the Republic of Korea.

In his remarks, Lt. Col. Brandon Toolan, commander of 3-13 FAR and a Fallsington, Pennsylvania native, highlighted his battalion’s accomplishments. 

“There were a couple things we set out to do when we came here,” said Toolan. “First was to be the most ready battalion in the brigade.” 

The 3-13 FAR brought a level of professionalism that resonated throughout the entire battalion. As Sgt. Brooke Deakin, a multiple launch rocket system crew member and Pardeeville, Wisconsin native, explained, it is important for rotational Soldiers to always be ready.

“Being here on rotation is a lot different than being on tour here,” said Deakin. “There are a lot more tasks that come down, and you have to be ready.”

“Make the most of it and take the opportunity to better yourself and better others around you,” said Staff Sgt. Quintin Highler, fire control specialist and Las Vegas, Nevada native.

Lt. Col. James Raines, commander, 2-18 FAR and Cartersville, Georgia native, is optimistic about his battalion’s upcoming nine months here.

“We hope to provide to the 210th Field Artillery Brigade and 2nd Infantry Division a mission ready organization,” said Raines. “We hope to, over this rotation, broaden our use of our KATUSA’s, friendships and alliance with the Republic of Korea Army.” 

Having only a short time working with both battalions Col. Jonathan Velishka, commander of 210th FAB and North Andover, Massachusetts native, had nothing but praise.

“Each organization is led by fantastic officers and NCO’s,” said Velishka during his closing remarks. “While maintaining premiere deployability and readiness as exemplified by their disciplined Soldiers.”

With new faces and skills from 2-18 FAR, the 210th FAB will continue to work and learn together while maintaining a strong and crucial relationship with the Republic of Korea.

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