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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 VISION RAEME enjoys a reputation for service and technical excellence: a reputation hard won and highly valued. It results from several generations of officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and craftsmen committing themselves to a culture of service and support to combat arms and services through the delivery of outstanding materiel maintenance, maintenance engineering and recovery support. War fighters of the future will continue to depend on our traditional support, but increasingly, they will depend on the technological edge provided by members of the Corps to enhance equipment on modern, complex and fluid battlefields. Therefore the Corps' future on the modern battlefield is assured. Most importantly, the Corps' reputation, as an active member of an integrated combat-team, contributing to the defence of our Nation, will only grow richer: its spirit is in the hands of the people who comprise our Corps -- past, present and future members. Introduction The Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (RAEME) Corps has entered its seventieth year of service to the ADF. To celebrate this achievement and it is timely to record the events which have contributed to our reputation as a Corps over that time. Therefore the Head of Corps RAEME, BRIG David Creagh, AM, has encouraged the RAEME National Association to take the lead in a project to develop a new history of the Corps. This pictorial history will complement an original history published in 1992, but this time using personal accounts and experiences provided by our own people as the basis of the narrative. Amongst other things, it is hoped that these stories will inspire all members of RAEME, in particular our newest members, and give them a sense of pride in the Corps' achievements, understand its contribution to the nation in general, but specifically, its contribution to the ADF since its inception. These stories are also important to the general Australian community, who know little about the "back room boys" of the Army, and their contribution to the Army's war-fighting ability through the effective management of maritime, land and aerospace equipment in war and peace. Intent The intent of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Corps Pictorial History (CHP) Book project is to produce a pictorial memoir celebrating the achievements of individuals, sub-units and units of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Corps (hereafter referred to as RAEME) during peace and war. The book will be compiled from contributions in the form of stories and photographs from past and current members of RAEME. These contributions will be developed and published as a "coffee table" book. Aim This article outlines the methodology to be employed to capture, store, edit and publish suitable stories for the book to be entitled "In Peace and War -- A Pictorial Memoir of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers". Outline Contributions will be collected by all available communication channels, and will be stored in a permanent electronic form by the Head of Corps (HOC) Cell, at Bandiana. The book will address various facets of the Corps' support to operations and training since 1942, by reference to major ADF activities or operations; and by chronological sequence of events (e.g. RAEME in Timor 1999 to 2011). Past and present members of the Corps are encouraged to provide photographs of interest, together with short accounts of the events depicted in the photo or photos. Contributions will be vetted by the HOC Cell staff for suitability for inclusion in the book, applying an initial check, ensuring the content is relevant, clear, authentic and readable. The contributions will then be stored safely in an agreed format to aid identification and management by the CHP Editor. The contributions will then be passed to the CHP Editor for compilation and the development of the first draft document. The HOC will also administer the Code of Good Practice which each contributor will be asked to adhere to in order to protect the writer and the project team. Finally the draft book will be placed in a suitably designed publication, or electronic format, forming the basis of a largely pictorial memoir. Publishing methods are still to be agreed but clearly form an important part of the project. Contributions The success of the book is highly dependent on the quality of photographs being submitted. The photographs in themselves should depict an interesting story, or specific activity, in which members of the Corps participated or more importantly led. Equally important is the accompanying written account that underpins the photograph. The written component of the submission should focus on telling the story of the human element depicted of the photographed activity within the context of an historical event. By employing the above philosophy it is anticipated that a very readable and interesting book will be produced. Contributors are encouraged to provide their stories to the HOC- RAEME Cell directly or through and preferably in an editable electronic form (.rtf, .doc, .txt), but they can also be provided in "hard copy" form. An email address for contributions and general communications has been established and hard copies should be to the following address: Electronic Copy: email@example.com Hard Copy: SO2 Corps Heritage, HOC Cell -- RAEME Latchford Barracks, BANDIANA, Vic, 3694 Submissions should outline the situation leading to the event (the context); provide a description of the particular event including a description of the involvement of individual(s); provide an understanding of the equipment related or purely RAEME related aspects of the portrayed event; and lead to a conclusion or outcome of the activity. Each submission should be limited to approximately 1,500 words. More detailed guidelines for the compilation of submissions are detailed below. It is critical that the photos are of the highest standard and are originals so they can be reproduced in a quality format; hopefully RAEME Pictorial History Book Project R.L.G. Grant AM PD CHP