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Craftsman : Craftsman 2011
48 RAEMECRAFTSMANWinter2011 48 Jan 2011 OSS started the year at full sprint and OSS received a number of new members. Some of whom had been posted to the unit in the past such as old farts like me, but for most march-ins it would their first experience with tank. So far for 2011 1st Armd Regt has had the pleasure of hosting MAS, ARMY SAFE, conducting a Tank Maintenance CSE and supporting two field activities. The majority of the greasers from OSS and the SQN A1s have either been on course, preparing for unit activities or hiding stuff from MAS. To make matters more interesting, the WKSP had B SQN in for servicing at the same time as the tank maintenance course. Around that time OSS also managed to deploy an A2 forward to Cultana in SA with anticipation that B SQN would deploy a tank troop to conduct troop level training. Unfortunately the weather gods had their say and prevented this training taking place. The Stuart highway then had to close for at least three months TO ALLOW THE VERY LARGE HOLES IN THE HIGHWAY TO HEEL, and prevented the Tanks from leaving Darwin. Meanwhile the A2 forward sat in Cultana under the command of OSS’s new SSM WO2 Adam Wilson and LT Davis, patiently awaiting a decision making exercise from OPS, which never eventuated. This year the Recovery Mechs required crew qualifications for the march-ins; to assist with this an M88 was loaned from ALTC for training to occur. A risky exercise, as the M88 in question has done nothing but maintainer courses since its inception. It took less than 24 hrs of moderate off road driving before the M88’s transmission decided to say good bye. This was the first real challenge faced by OSS, as how the **** are we going to recover this vehicle back to the hard standing without resources to recover it and affect the replacement of the transmission. The vehicle did have forward and reverse and there were some suggestions that if we used the winch to assist the vehicle to turn we might have a chance of getting it back up the road. That idea was quashed fairly quickly and after some phone calls a Tadano was found at P&E Port Wakefield. This meant that the WORM, who is the only one qualified to operate the Tadano, had to drive the vehicle 240 KM to Cultana. After various MILIS issues we managed to find the location of an M88 transmission, MILIS indicated it was located at 1 CSSB, but it was actually located at JLU-S, Puckapunyal. JLU-S was wondering why they had this large box sitting on their door step? I made a call to MAJ Mencshelyi and he suggested that a transmission be removed from the M88 course currently underway in Darwin, as it is a known good item and the one located in Pucka be shipped to 1st Armd and fitted there. This task gave me a chance to get back on the tools as there was only myself, CPL De Wild from B Sqn and CFN Elms qualified. The task was relatively smooth, just like riding a bike and provided me the opportunity to swing spanners. When the A2 forward returned from Cultana the WKSP wrapped up the remainder of servicing and the Tank CSE. The next hurdle was to ready the unit for the annual stage-4 gunnery camp. This was running smoothly until the AS4 brake saga kicked into gear, which required the WKSP to remove all the AS4 engines and conduct testing. A final date was planned for stage-4 from OPS, which then changed a dozen times in a week. This turned out to be a blessing for WKSPs as all the last minute jobs identified by the tankies and truckies could be completed. We also decided to deploy the WKSP early to MT Bundy to prepare the tanks and more importantly shake out the WKSP. Upon return from MT Bundy the WKSP prepared to host the DHOC and his party for a Spanner Day function. The event was quite successful for the spanners of 1st Armd Regt as they had the opportunity to crush two civilian cars with the M88. The function allowed the spanners to relax and let their hair down but more importantly allow our Recovery Mechs to drown their sorrows and ponder their new career as EMEOPS clerks. For the unit, the remainder of the year is very exhausting as it seems all the Brigades want to conduct combined arms training with the tankies. This means the spanners will be there for RAEME support to the tanks and servicing on return to Darwin. Personally I am looking forward to the challenges of the next three months and guarantee you all; the spanners of 1st Armd Regt will have their arses hanging out. Lastly if anyone wants to be posted to 1st Armd Regt please give me a call. – R ASM, WO1 “Smiley” Moran – REMEMBER CHICKS DIG TRACK Squadron Technical Support Troop (A Sqn TST) A Sqn TST was reformed on the 24 Jan 2011 by all brand new members from OSS. The TST had been neglected for a year since the previous TST’s unjust disbandment. The TST was made up of SGT Danny Boland (ASM), SGT Wade Greenstreet (VM and TP SGT), the finally promoted LCPL Briggs (TFCS), CFN Quinton Quelch (ARMR FTR) and the following VMs CFNs Arron Kellet, Kallum Maitland and finally last but not least Jason Campbell. We had seven out the sixteen men that a tank TST should be manned to, but we were not complaining; SCMA might take some off us. The first thing was to find and take over the SCA. This took a while with 3⁄4 of the tools not being listed on the SCA print out. B Sqn TST SCA was consulted but a complete shock was that they held a lot of different items to A Sqn, fancy two identical organisations having totally different SCAs? – go figure. The Sqn tanks were in what could be called “rag order”. They had been abused the previous year with no TST to maintain and now they were in a sorry state. Our primary task would be to improve the state of these tanks. All was good for about three days until Greenie, Jase and Kallum disappeared for three months on the tank/M88 Operational Support Squadron (OSS) WKSP unit jottings