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Craftsman : Craftsman 2011
RAEMECRAFTSMANWinter2011 57 3 CSR Workshops has been busy since my arrival in June. It began with a squadron shakeout, Ex-multilink, and worked it’s way up to Cata and Hamel. Workshops also had a changeover of staff and farewelled a number of members to civvi jobs and postings. We farewelled the following members: • S GT Greenwood; • CPL Elmore; • CPL Allen; • CPL Taylor (Now an R.I, but he loves that stuff); • CPL Stephens (left to work for Queensland Rail as a civvi engineer, proving the benefits of DAS); • CPL Vaccaro (now at the school, and loving it); • CFN Clarke. We also started the New Year by welcoming the following members: • S GT Burdin; • CPL McGoven; • CPL Trew; • LCPL Flack; • CFN Allen; • CFN Pollock; and• CFN Telfer. Overall, the workshops is a great place to be, under the Direction of the ASM WO2 Hoy, the man who wears a thousand hats (at one time he was the ASM, SSM, OC WKSP, OC TPT). We have developed a very high moral and a great standard of work , minus the odd incident with a battery pack. We also have had many of our members siphoned away to do courses, from support weapons, bushy, subject courses, to more trade removed courses such as combat first aider, and responsible service of alcohol (is there such a thing?). We also survived MAS this year, recognised by the sound of their car pulling into the workshop “XX-XX-XX”. EX Multilink took place over 9 days, and was your typical shakeout Ex. For several of the people involved, it was a new experience living out of the GMV’s. Moral was high and on the second day of the Ex during a torrential downpour RAEME moral was further improved by the sight of the shivering staff from the Q-store huddled under a 8 ton trailer sobbing “we didn’t sign up for this!!!” The Ex culminated in the typical fire fight where we beat the enemy and saved the day. EX Cata began well with our unit deploying to Star Airfield along with what looked like the entire 3rd BDE. What followed was a harrowing 3 weeks out bush of playing card games and drinking icy cold cokes. To top off the Ex, our NVG’s rocked up the night before we came home, and naturally we had to sign for them. EX – Hamel, well, it was an experience. After a couple of bush trips in a row, we were getting pretty good at this as a workshop, and this time we took along a weights bench, laptops and the mandatory 10 slabs of coke e.t .c . Also, knowing that we would be digging pits, an unnamed CPL managed to ‘aquire’ a poinjar to aid in the establishment of our position. A couple of the boys, including myself were also sent out to act as a protection party for the ginger beers from 3 CER who were drawing the water from a nearby creek. What I recall was 3 terrible days of rope swings and swimming, followed by the occasional piquet. Only real bad point was they only gave us one day’s food when we left!!! RAEME Birthday – The 3 CSR workshops once again managed to nail the show and shine, and the kart race itself, with our “Hate Sigs” kart. Unfortunately, despite having good trade skills with the kart, we failed to put up a good fight in any of the other events, however we won the billy cart race, so that’s all that really counts right? During Op – Yasi Assist the workshops was done proud by a couple of members, LCPL Stephen White and CFN Dean ‘Sapper McGowan’ Allen. These members were the FRT team who went up north to Tully in the aftermath of the Cyclone and Deano even managed to get his face into the rag, albeit under the name SPR McGowan. We would like to wish luck to three of our members who are deploying with MTF, SGT Nick Van Kreiken, CPL Jamie Harwood and CFN Dimitrus Koutsouks (we just call him Jimmy). As I am writing this they are finishing up there lead up period and are about to go. All the best boys! So, overall, a great effort by everyone, and we look forward to the challenges in the coming year, IMT’s, Cata and Hamel all await, and as always, we will be there with the brew club, doing the corps proud by selling coke to grunts at inflated prices. 3 Combat Signals Regiment TST CFN James McKenzie 57 unit jottings 68 Station Street, Geelong VIC 3214 Phone (03) 5275 3252 www.globaltrack.com.au We can improve your productivity: by supplying and installing manual crane systems or by retro fitting your existing cranes. • Designed & fabricated to Australian standards • Easier manual handling and ergonomically elite • Simple to install and maintain • Increased head height • Manufactured for standard I-Beam track Full package solutions provided for all lifting requirements • Up to 15 metre manual crane bridges SWL 150-2000 kg • Jib cranes and monorails • Specialised lifting devices • All lifting equipment: electric hoists, winches, spreader beams, chains & slings