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Craftsman : Craftsman 2011
RAEMECRAFTSMANWinter2011 6363 unit jottings One of the most common stories you hear in any Wksp these days is the fact that everyone is undermanned and over tasked. It’s no different here with many members deployed however it has been amazing to see so many of the guys step up in their absence. This year with Darwin having Tropical Cyclone Carlos and the wettest wet season on record, saw our exercises delayed or cancelled. We later got to exercise on IMTs for a week followed by a week of SNCO/Offr in Shoal Bay. The Wksp members on both exercises demonstrated a high level of soldier skills through a series of team building challenges with a reduced level of sleep As an experienced CFL, the new ASM WO1 Glen McFarlane, worked muscles that most of us didn’t know we had. With a greatly improved level of fitness, the Workshop not only completed a CFA in marching order in good time, but immediately dropped our packs and ran another 3.2 km in patrol order. The legs may have been a little sore later that day, but the sense of accomplishment all round was obvious. All in all, it has been a great start to the year. We are looking forward to preparing the Bn and the Bde for another round of exercises before the end of the year and setting ourselves up for success as we head into the deployment cycle preparation in 2012. Vehicle Platoon – LT Aaron Campbell Vehicle Platoon from the outset of the year has been flat out working on the vehicle fleet. The sixty person platoon only ever seems to have a dozen people working on the tools while the rest are busy deployed in the MEAO, Timor Leste, on course or leave; with those left behind looking fondly to the Darwin dry season and the endless tourists who grace the infamous Mitchell St. With most of the hierarchy being deployed it has been left to the SGTs, led By SGT Gary “Tommy” Tucker filling the WO ART position and the English to run the floor. Dead in our sights is the implementation of the G-Wagon and what it means to the ECN 229 trade group. But as we wait with baited breath, the deadline comes and goes, stalls and falls over, like the tail of Friday Bn Battle PT. GE Platoon – CFN Travis Brook GE was privileged to have the British man mountain, SGT Darron ‘Dazz’ Doyle spend four months with us as part of Ex Long Look, having swapped positions with CPL Daniel Butler. SGT Doyle came from 7 Sig Reg, having spent some 19 years as an Armourer in REME. With the OC challenging the Wksp to improve our own facilities, we are looking forward to turning a disused paved area outside of GE Pl HQ into the Workshop’s new social area and outdoor gym. Likewise we are looking forward to the building a bridge as a technical challenge, with SGT Doyle having a unique idea for the use of M88 track and configuring the bridge to look like a Rising Sun badge. This should give us a good opportunity to test out our new welders, mill and lathe. This year we welcomed CFN Michael Smail, CFN Christoph Grogg and CFN Gareth ‘Blinky’ Mulraney. We would however bid a fond farewell to LCPL Darrel ‘FJ’. After 23 years of service one of the most experienced and qualified diggers in GE, LCPL Holden, has decided to pull the pin. We wish all the best to you and your family! EIR PL – LCPL D. Higgins There have been a few new faces posted into EIR in the past twelve months with all the guys keen to get in and get dirty, taking on the tough jobs. The Pl provided members to the contingent in the ‘Relay for Life’ in September 2010. After 18 hours of continuous running, the Battalion team (predominately Wksp members) managed to break all previous records, including the most amount of money ever raised by a single team and the most amount of laps completed. At the end of last year with the WOART and Pl Comd position vacant, ‘The Poms’ were there, ready and eager to re-colonise with SGT Glen Lamb and CPL Ray Inman immigrating into the Pl and having a huge impact. EIR Pl has made a good showing at PT but despite the best efforts of the young guns in the Pl (75% are under 30), the fittest member of the Pl is unfortunately still the oldest (SGT Glen Lamb at 41). Nevertheless comfort can be sought in reassuring ourselves that at least we should survive him! All in all it has been a productive year in EIR with everyone banding together to get the jobs done, just as Crafties have done for years. Recovery Pl – CFN Aidan Pope It has been a very busy start to the year with the arrival of three new members to the Platoon (LT Andrew Barker, CFN Aidan Pope, and CFN Paul Rowe). As the initial yearly exercise got postponed, canceled, re-birthed, canceled and then once again postponed due to the epic wet season, the Pl went about its business of training junior members and qualifying them to assist those amongst us who tend to lose traction or need to move something. As usual we have been very busy fixing truckies mistakes, including recovering them from RAAF Parade Grounds after they thought the ground looked clear enough to do u-turns on at night. Although they tried using shovels to hide their mistake our photos don’t lie. The PL will be finishing the year with trips to CATA and Talisman Sabre, and will welcome two new recruits in July with open arms and a huge amount of pranks and hilarity. As we prepare to recover a whole new range of people as the exercise period picks back up, these new guys will be sure to be getting very dirty, very quickly. Welcome aboard. 101st Field Workshop MAJ Ian Cook