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Craftsman : Craftsman 2011
62 RAEMECRAFTSMANWinter2011 62 Workshop structure 7 Sig Regt Workshop Troop is very small, given it’s responsibilities within the unit. The workshop consists of five sections: General Engineering, Electrical, Vehicle, Telecommunications, Electronic Warfare Systems and Repair Parts Store. The workshop is geographically split as upper workshop (Tels and EW) at the West end of the base and lower workshop (GE, Elec, Vehicle, RPS) at the South East end. The workshop has a posted strength of 17 for 2011, including the ASM and the Tp Comd (though the SED allows for 27). Due to the specialised nature of the unit, the workshop posted strength of 17 also includes six RASIGS ECN 665 Sig Techs. The workshop is structured as follows: Tp Comd: LT Dimer, ASM: WO2 Wallace, Veh SGT: SGT Chee, RPS SGT: SGT Stephens, Veh Sect: CPL Bartlett, CFN Boorman, CFN Cupit, GE Sect: LCPL Juillerat, CFN James, Elec Sect: LCPL Rattison, Tels Sect:CPL Robinison, EW Sys Sect: CPL Ali, COMSEC Rep: CPL Kucenko, CPL Rendon, LCPL Schilf, SIG Norton, SIG Swan, SIG Keys. Activities and exercises At times the workshop is required to support the unit on field exercises, usually with a small FRT and usually for the road move only. However, opportunities for maintaining field skills do arise; the workshop has previously conducted an annual troop exercise, EXERCISE RUSTY SPANNER. Due to lack of personnel and resources, high production requirements and course commitments, we did not run the exercise this year, though we did have the opportunity in 2010 to conduct base skill training as a workshop and consolidate skills as part of Support Squadron in WBTA . While not a field exercise as the northern Army may define it, there was a great deal of opportunity for improving skills and learning from mistakes as the picture shows. With high numbers away from both upper and lower workshops at all times so far this year the work load has been high tempo. In 2011 the workshop has provided FRTs and general duties assistance for unit exercises EX CRAWLING BEAR, EX WALKING BEAR and EX RUNNING BEAR, and has a detachment lined up to join the 16 AD run CSST for EX TS 11. While the workshop has had a high production and support tempo, the remainder of the unit have an even higher exercise and operational tempo. Most of the unit have been away for significant portions of the year and this has opened some opportunity (some call it a stabbing) for workshop personnel to deploy in a General Duties position to the York Comms Det (Bamaga) in Far North Queensland for one month rotations. While away from the production requirements of the unit, it is an opportunity to inspect the state of the equipment in a remote detachment, as well as hang out in t-shirt and shorts during winter. Coincidentally, it is also the best time of the year to do some fishing. Billy Cart Race 2010 Being the few RAEME members in a flood of RASIGS inevitably means competition. As part of the 2010 RASIGS Corps Week a Billy Cart race was run in November on base. This provided some opportunity for the workshop to bond, discuss design plans and use our knowledge to create our own billy cart design. By the time the race week rolled around, the Wksp BC MkIII was perfected and all worked very well. On the race day when it was wheeled to the start line there was protest at the design going every which way. However, when it was built the rules were studied very carefully to make sure there were no breaches in design and construction; the team was allowed to run the cart. The first race was the closest for the day with the win by only a wheel; this was due to the start when the ‘pushers’ did not know how hard to push. The rest of the day was won with ease. The final was run against the Q Store. It was a three race affair with the last one won by only a cart length. It was great to see the win as the Q Store has won the event for a couple of years now and could not (previously) be beaten. All that changed last year; now that we have the trophy we will not be giving it back without a fight. The saddened Sigs and Roaches have since written new rules, so there will be further opportunity for some RAEME ingenuity and new designs later this year. 7th Signal Regiment Workshop Troop LCPL Juillerat and CPL Robinson unit jottings EXERCISE RUSTY SPANNER 2010 – Night nav route gone wrong 2010 BILLY CART RACE – Workshops leading the way