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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 Establishing an effective and viable battlefield helicopter to replace the successful troop lift capability that Blackhawk has provided Army is no easy feat. To date, the challenges associated with introducing a new platform for such a gargantuan task has been both exhaustive and rewarding. With future testing and deployments of MRH into the field later this year, all members of the Dogs are working tirelessly to make sure we can provide serviceable aircraft to meet the needs of Army aviation. CH-47 AMO -- THE CAVEMEN by WO2 Matt Connell, Hangar ART CH-47 The CH-47 AMO had a busy start to 2012. With the Christmas leave period over the TST was required to prepare 2 CH 47-D aircraft (Chinooks) to deploy to Mt Hotham in support of Aircrew Training as part of the final phase for Afghanistan preparations'. RAEME elements also deployed in support and were reminded of the cooler climates rarely experienced in Northern QLD. All the mission objectives were met but not without the technical dramas that arise whilst deployed. On completion the aircraft recovered to RAAF Wagga Wagga where one of the Chinooks was required to do a Blade replacement. This in turn presented a perfect opportunity for the Aviation Technical Trainees at RAAF STT of the 3 services a good look over of the aircraft whilst the FRT awaited parts and specialist tooling to arrive. During the month of February an FRG was deployed as part of RWG 7.0. (Rotary Wing Group) to Afghanistan in order to support flying operations for the upcoming summer months. Back in Townsville the TST continued to work hard to keep the aircraft on line to accomplish aircrew training. February proved to be a busy month as the CH-47 AMO assisted with the arrival of the two CH-47D model aircraft that were recently purchased from the U.S. Army. The aircraft will undergo a number of maintenance activities and modifications prior to being accepted by the Australian Army. March also saw a number of Tradesmen upgraded in their Authorisations with a number of Assessment Boards conducted to ensure standards and Trade knowledge ascertained prior to Authorisation. This meant a few sleepless nights by individuals prior to sitting their authorisation board. As the TST rolls out of Easter and with the rest of the year's activities firming up it will see us doing a fair bit of travelling as we take the Chinooks from one end of the country to the other. The Exercises are due to be held in Woomera S.A., the training areas in the N.T and Horn Island with a final push back down to Pt Augusta S.A, just before Christmas. 51 unit jottings 7CSSB/7CSSC SGT P. Wadley -- AKA Yeldaw RAEME Birthday last year was organised by 7 CCSB, 7 CSSC as we were the winners from the year before. The event was a success with units from Gallipoli Barracks and Amberley competing in the Cart Race, Urban Iron Man, the Spanner Toss and a GMV pull. 1 Sig Regt where the big winners on the day with a little bit of help from the event organizers, 7 CSSB's own LT Luke Smeaton and LT Ben Oakes (now Capt Oakes), who managed to hamstring their own team in the cart race by awarding a time penalty for a collision that was clearly not their fault. Thanks need to go to CFN Robert Woods superb efforts with cooking the BBQ, and SGT Ben Smith who ran the bar for us. Thanks also need to go Queensland University Regiment for allowing us to use their area and facilities. We would like to thank the sponsors for the day that consisted of: Aussie Auto/ EcoFlow exhausts, Tools Direct, Morgan and Wacker, West Arana Leagues Club, Thales, Mild to Wild RC, Jason McKeown Photography, Brewers Choice, UV4x4xmore, Mack Australia, Vertical Horizonz, Defcredit, ADCU, Hairologists, Bunnings, and Land 121 who provided some G Wagons for display. In all it was a very successful day with several thousand dollars being raised for the RAEME Association, even though we were cheated out of winning the cart race and many of the other events. Just wait until this year. So far 2012 has been a good year for 7 CSSC, with Vehicle Platoon getting its new facilities handed over at the start of the year. The new facilities have allowed for better working conditions and a larger capacity for work. The reputation of the workshop has improved a lot this year as the ability to provide increased support to the Brigade. Construction works continue to happen at the unit with the construction of a new Company HQ and ESS workshop facility. This facility is expected to be handed over early next year. There has been a big change in personnel this year with many from last year leaving the Army for another life in Civi Street. There have also been many other members deployed this year to Afghanistan, and we would like to wish them the very best and stay safe.