28 Jun '16, 11pm
.@usarmycentral’s nine-month rotation proves #TotalForce concept https://t.co/nqupzux0OE
WASHINGTON (Army News Service) -- Col. John L. Rafferty Jr., commander of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, didn't say exactly what his opinion was about the total force concept back in August 2016, when he left the U.S. for a deployment to Jordan. But upon his return, he said, he was sold on the concept. Rafferty took command of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade in June 2015, and August of that year, he'd been shipped off on a nine-month deployment to the United States Central Command area of responsibility, where he set up shop in Jordan. He took with him from Fort Bragg about 75 Soldiers from his own headquarters, and about 20 Soldiers who'd end up manning AN/TPQ-53 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radars in theater. In theater, he commanded the Combined Force Land Component Commander's "Force Field Artillery Headquarters," both under U.S....