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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 the COY, CPL Ewart, CPL Martin, PTE Gilbert and PTE Johnstone. With the immediate tempo of the COY, the Q store hit the ground running with multiple requests for stores at short notice for EX Hamel. It has been a frustrating start to the year in regards to the supply system, purchasing and time frame for stores to arrive. However, the COY has still been able to provide a capability to the Brigade. For our new march-ins it has been completely different dynamics when they work with RAEME personnel and, at times, has been a fairly good laugh. The remainder of the year will bring many challenges, particularly with reduced manning as a result of operational commitments. The Q store looks forward to these challenges, and enhancing 101 FD WKSP. Vehicle Platoon -- Vehicle platoon once again entered the New Year with fresh new faces and none the wiser about what it is meant to be within the infamous RAEME element. With all the talk that followed on from late 2011, this year would be a heavy period of sustained support to 1st Brigade during the exercise period in preparation for the possible golden carrot deployments at the coming of years end. As a warm welcome to the unit in 2012, the amazing soldier tradesmen were pushed straight into over-drive, returning from leave only to find out that the unit had to be prepared to sail, at the end of February, for Shoalwater Bay. With our 'Rarely got Spares' Department running along the lines of the lotto, this made the job at hand harder to complete. While the push was on to meet looming dead lines, the crazed wet season of the Territory was once again upon us. Similar to years past, the threat of a possible cyclone was foremost on everyone's mind. Entering February, to all the diggers' delight, the news flew like wild fire that Darwin was once more under threat. This so called "cyclone" that was massively over-hyped caused no damage and little to no rain and in turn was rejoiced by all. Thanks for the much needed R&R. From the joys and hardship from the past month, Vehicle Platoon was somehow able to be set and ready to deploy to Shoalwater Bay with a small contingent of highly skilled tradesmen. The rest are to follow in early June. With the war stories slowly filtering their way back to camp, we find ourselves in stitches at the antics of our brethren. There are stories about Crafties who no longer have the will to drive, so they look to the sky, believing they can fly. They attempted to launch themselves from the roof tops of GMVs which resulted in an instant, one-way ticket back down to earth. Meanwhile others are able to find the time to indulge themselves in a new found friendship with CFN Bob, who can only be said to be the best shower and bed buddy for miles. While on the run from the pound officials, our four-legged friend, CFN Bob is the newest member of Vehicle Platoon and is said to be closely related to Red Dog. In return for his antics, he thought he was in for a real treat. Hitching a ride to Shoalwater Bay! After shacking up with several of the lads, catching up on sleep and then finding himself cornered within the shower, I dare say CFN Bob is having second thoughts about his trip to Shoalwater. As with all exercises we find ourselves on, we soon discover who the standouts are when we all join forces in an effort to lighten the work load and make life in "the bay" a little easier. There are high performers as well as the oldies that have forgotten what a spanner is due to living the office life. Meanwhile, back home at Darwin, the rest of Vehicle Platoon enjoys the life with morning PT consisting of swim lessons, rugby and, every other Friday, stomping through the sites of Darwin. Recovery Platoon -- The year started as most do, with the usual, random corporate governance which gave Pete the opportunity to demonstrate his ability to herd cats and ensure all members complied with ever-changing direction from higher. Jarboy and Brett Dacey spend most of their spare time organising fishing adventures and telling tales of past glories to Paul. Unfortunately for Jarboy, he has lost all street cred because his missus has been out fishing with him. Brett and Joey also enjoyed a week trip to Perth on a DMO budget. Justin, having just arrived in location has been given the opportunity to return to QLD, in particular SWBTA to baby-sit Wardy, Pas and Whishy through the "Predator" series of exercises. Veeny has finally got his long awaited crane course. After turning up at the Airport to be told there was no ticket for him, he paid his own airfare to Sydney, showing how much he wanted the course. Shayne has had the opportunity to travel all over the country, whilst both Mick and Frenchy have now completed the M88 Crewman course. It did have a couple of false starts; however, both are now happy to be qualified (maybe Mick more so than Frenchy). Both are expecting march-in packages from 1 Armd in the mail any time now. Johnny, Wishy and Joey are now getting around in nervous anticipation, waiting to be given the opportunity to attend a future M88 Crewman course. As with most years, gaining positions on ASLAV Crewman courses remains an issue, hopefully we can find some resolution towards the end of this year. The remainder of the Pl is gearing up to deploy early June and all up, the moral within the Platoon is high. We have a posted strength of 18, once Scotty and Birdsey arrive from their Basic course. This is a healthy number and provides an opportunity for the OJT's to be tasked alongside qualified members in support of the BDE. On a more sombre note, the Pl lost CFN Dave Shilling through discharge. Unfortunately for Dave, due to lifestyle choices and failure to achieve minimum standards, he was let go by Army to pursue a career in the civilian sector. As for Robbo, he was sad to see his protégé Dave depart, but happy to again be back with the Platoon as the WORM after spending the last 15 months as CSM -- a change which has coincided with a halving of his golf handicap. 47 unit jottings RAEME Association Vic Incorporated All regular, Reserve & Retired Members of the Corps are invited to join our Association. We have Chapter members in Bandiana, Seymour & Vietnam Veterans as well as other members throughout Victoria . Why not contact our membership officer for an application Form? Gus Allen: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (03) 9802 5460 or download from our Website: www.raeme.org.au/vic