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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 General Engineering Section By the end of last year 4 REGT, TST, GE section had seen the complete change of all of its Fitter Crafties with CFN 'Timmy' Moritt, going to 10FSB, CFN 'Franger' Condon to 1RAR and CPL Phil King's promotion to full track. In their wake comes a new batch of Fitter Craftsmen, CFN Pates, Rogers and Jackson, all having just completed their training at ALTC and marching into the workshop in readiness for another busy year, which in this a 'reset' year is turning out to be more hectic than the last with the introduction of M777A2 kicking up a storm larger than 'Yasi' did 12 months earlier. With the assistance of the workshops resident civilian Fitter, Mr Dan Williams, the boys of GE have kept busy with the bread and butter tasks of the section making sure all things small go 'bang', chainsaws and paving breakers go round and round and the Gunner's don't flog the polishing head on the bench grinder to death with the endless polishing of cart cases. As for our Metal Smith, CFN 'Johnny" Gosper, who is even more qualified to weld stuff, having completed the SAM and Q and T courses, he has been kept busy with a drivers course and assisting the Caterers in a number of modifications to the humble BBQ. These mods not only making the Cooks life easier but they can now cook more, with less, for the increasing multitudes .... wait .... that sounds a bit like the rest of us, doing more with less, by yesterday ... etc. From the 'Tiffy' side of the house and with the Regiment returning half its fleet of L119-F1 (Hamel) guns, gaining a compliment of M777A2's and reshuffled the Gun-line, the GE resources have been stretched to the limit. With two qualified 'Tiffys' on hand at any one time and with people either in the field or on subject courses, it has been a welcome relief to see the safe return of SGT Darren Thomas from his adventures with ATTK and for him to resume his responsibilities back with the team. The demands placed on the sub-section have already been and will continue to be demanding throughout this year as the complement of 'Tiffys', SGT's Powell and Thomas and CPL's 'Radar' Reilly and Phil King support the Regiments ramp up of the M777A2 training, head out into the field and support other brethren within Artillery, in readiness to hand back the final Hamel guns early next year and watch as the Gun-line become fully operational with their new equipment. With this of course under the guidance of, the workshops secret weapon, the newly appointed ASM WO2 Brett Loades, hot from DMO's Land 17 project (M777A2) steering the helm. 4 REGIMENT TST LIFE IN VEHICLE SECTION by SGT PI Wallace I received my posting order to 4 REGT and thought I was on the up and up. After life in 3 CSSB, I finally thought I would be able to run my own section and life would be steady. But alas, fiction met reality and I was wondering who I had annoyed in my previous life. Before I started with the REGT, I visited the TST to get my bearings and soon discovered that the forthcoming reset year would see my section dwindle to 5 personnel plus myself, on paper. That turned out to be the good news. It became apparent very quickly that the 'reset year' was a 'red herring' as the REGT were to receive the new M777A2 Field Artillery Guns to replace the aging Hamel gun, which in turn would mean an up scaling in Mack Gun Tractors and an initial issue of PMV Command variants. So, in a nut shell, my manning had gone down, whilst the section liability had increased by 4 Gun Tractors and 5 Bushmasters. I felt violated. Due to the necessary M777A2 conversion of personnel and equipment, our year was going to be very hectic. The REGT decided to bring forward its annual 'shakeout' from March to February, thereby ensuring that it was out of the way prior to the impending arrival of the new guns. This only left us with a couple of weeks after our Mandatory Induction Training to sort out ourselves and our 'customers'. With all hands to the pump we managed to deploy to HRTA for EX FIRST RUN. The manning was tight but we managed to deploy to Line Creek Junction in support of the REGT. Gully was detached to 107 BTY as part of the Tiffy FRT support to the Gun Battery; whilst myself, Jeynsie and Jordo remained within the TST that was co-located with CSS BTY. Due to injury Rosey couldn't deploy, but managed to play a vital part as our rear link. The actual exercise was good as there were various new personnel within the TST that were able to find their feet in a more relaxed environment. Initially the work load was minimal so our time was filled doing troop training which revolved around giving individuals the ability to present a lesson or brief to their peers. This proved to be a great success but then the work load increased. My massive section of 3 (The 3 Amigos not Stooges) leapt into action. The pressure was soon on Jeynesie as out of him and Jordo, he was my most experienced tradesman on the ground. He rose to the challenge and was eager to impart his knowledge and experiences (not all, however, were trade related. Some of us are still mentally scarred!). Due to breakdowns in the field, Jeynesie was used a lot as my 'International Rescue' and so his nick-name evolved to 'Thunderbird 9'. He says he hates the name, but the section and I believe that this is not the case, as it massages his already massive ego even more. Near the end, the standing joke was who was on what 'shift', day or night, but with the work load increasing and the impending return to Lavarack Barracks looming, there was a need for all hands on deck. Yep, that also included me. That was a sad sorry day for the Corps. We all arrived back without a single breakdown and I thought we had all done well. My manpower had proved to me that we could possibly manage our fleet, but I had spoken too soon. CPL Rosales was soon on his way as he was being posted to the Melbourne area, whilst CPL Gullison was crossing over to the dark side and joining the ever growing mining industry. One bit of good news was that DJ had finally finished her OJT and was posted to the REGT in March, just prior to Gully leaving. We soon came to the conclusion that she was actually Gully's replacement. It seemed a fair swap, the only difference being that DJ is quieter. Both the TST and VEH Sect seem to be quieter now. At first we thought we had all gone deaf until it was pointed out that 'motor mouth Gullison' had moved on. On a serious note, we wish the best for both Rosey and Gully, as they were both crucial members of VEH Sect and without them the newer members could not be where they are today. That only left the Sect with Stroz. However as a key member of the BDE PMV Maintenance Team, he has been on 'temporary loan' to B SQN 3/4 CAV since last year, therefore he is a Sect member in spirit only. His (old) body may be with B SQN, but his (active) mind is forever with the section, always sending nuggets of information via 4 REGT TST