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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 The year started for 101 with a focus on preparing the plethora of 1 Bde vehicles and equipment requiring maintenance for loading onto 'the arc' ahead of Ex HAMEL 12. Production was the priority and flexibility the key as an influx of 'last minute' jobs put pressure on prior planning; however, the crafties on the floor put in the hard yards to ensure targets were met and dependencies happy prior to the ship setting sail. A fresh Coy HQ and OPS saw an influx of new personnel to fill previously unmanned positions. Led by OC 101, MAJ Paul Luck the new team members of 2IC CAPT Cameron Holt, OPSO CAPT Chris Dent, OPS LT Mike Jeffrey and CSM WO2 Rick Colefax joined the ASM WO1 Glen 'Junior' McFarlane and EMEOPSWO WO2 Mick Frawley to build upon the reputation of 101 FD WKSP in its 55th year of operation and enhance the functionality of the Workshop within 1 Bde. Fitness within the Coy has been a focal point, with LT Mike Jeffrey, SGT Glenn Lamb, SGT Frank DeWaard, LCPL Chris Maher, CFN Erin Taylor and CFN Dom Foley implementing the PT program designed by the ASM. At times, members have questioned the methods employed by our CFL section, which have ranged from lifting tyres out of pools, leopard crawling with water jerries and stretching parts of the body elderly members of the Coy didn't think were meant to be stretched. Often the answer has been: "Shut up and squat". Team sports have also featured, with touch football, grid iron and Australian Rules games with the Marines providing an opportunity to enhance our working relationship with the United States. The remainder of the year promises to be a continuation of the tempo experienced so far in 2012 with members of the Workshop preparing to deploy to the MEAO and Timor. This year has shown what can be achieved by a highly skilled organisation over a short duration and has been a positive period for the largest Army workshop. GE by CFN Christie -- On the job training for tradies has been said to be one of the best times you'll have in your Army career. With monthly attachments to both civilian and military workplaces you are exposed to a large variety of trade skills which will help you once qualified and posted to a unit. Unfortunately in March 2012, my cruisy time as a Fitter OJT came to an end as I received my posting order to 1st Combat Service Support Battalion. Surprisingly, I'm enjoying my time here so far and the 1 CSSB Workshops have been flat out since my arrival so time is flying. Working at a Medium level workshop has already allowed me to work on equipment that other units do not touch such as Decontamination Units and the much loved pressurised fuel burners (which are safe apparently). Having three metre flames pumping out of one of them leads me to think otherwise. Tip for young players; watch out for excessive fuel leaks! The GE blokes have made the workshop a great place to be, with their humour and high morale. I'd just like to mention CFN Dom Foley. Sorry mate, but that's a carton... GE consists of 11 fitters, all motivated and hard working guys, and below us four scurvy rod burners. So far this year our main focus has been production, preparations for Ex Hamel, and of course our favourite, battle PT. After Ex Hamel the boys and I are looking forward to hopefully attending various specialist and drivers courses, and for the keen ones, JLC, to finish up the year. RPS -- The New Year brought a turnover of staff for the 101 WKSP RPS, as we welcomed three fearless new members: CPL Daniels (JD), LCPL Haansbergen (Haansy), and PTE Konig (Kondog). Once again the RPS had a very busy start to the year, with the majority of our time put into the preparation for Ex HAMEL, SCAF audit, and the completion of the 10/12 stock take program. The pace was excessively increased when CFN Simmons raised a requisition demanding quantity 1,336,000 plugs which were valued at roughly $10 each. Unfortunately, our best efforts could not procure the items at a total cost to defence of roughly $13,360,000. At first CFN Simmons was bitterly disappointed when informed his requisition had to be cancelled. However he soon came around once he realised that the quantity required for his work order was actually one. The remainder of the year will bring many challenges, particularly with reduced manning as a result of operational commitments. The RPS staff look forward to these challenges and contributing to the overall success of 101 FD WKSP. EIR Platoon -- We are on a constant mission in the Tels section to try and keep our two MRF's online. As soon as we get one fixed, the other one breaks down. We try to keep our constant stream of 421 OJT's locked inside away from the sunlight for as long as possible to work on them. We are taking one of our MRF's to Shoalwater Bay this year to see if it really is a field deployable asset. We don't hold much hope of its success. As usual we were hit with a massive surge of radios prior to exercises this year but as long as we can keep our test facilities functioning we will get through it. We said goodbye to Mr Wade Meecham this month as he joined the NT Emergency Services as a fire fighter. The section is also missing the guidance of Pete Middleton but we wish him all the best in becoming a sparky. Our replacement Secco, Carl Reck has now gone to Albury for three months to do his tank course so we can't seem to keep any CPL's. Maybe they don't want to lead this motley crew. Instruments said a sad goodbye to CPL Ray Inman this month who has decided he doesn't want to mix with the enlisted folk anymore and since he was a Blackhawk pilot over in the UK he thought he would just give it a crack over here as well. As with tels there has been much moving about with members on ASLAV Maint courses and Bio Med courses however Ken Haydock is always there at the engraver machine coming up with ways to engrave all sorts of equipment. This year has been a normal start to the year for Elec Sect. We have ramped up for the exercises in Shoalwater and fixed a lot of trucks for the very 'hands on' drivers in the Battalion / Brigade. We have tried to come up with a cunning power plan for the Battalion but don't know what we are powering, where it is going or when it needs to be done by so as usual we will wait until someone does not have power and they can find us. Usually these people can be found standing next to our 60 kVA's with a power cord in their hands wondering how they get inside this square beast to get some power out. That's about it from EIR Platoon for the first half of 2012, as with everyone else, most of us are off to the Bay for a good time and will be back to clean up for the second half of the year. Q STORE -- This year the Q store has welcomed four new members to 101 FD WKSP COY