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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 62 A chook lands in Wagga Following the high altitude training at Mt Hotham, CH-47D A15-202 came to RAAF Base Wagga on 17 Feb 12, boosting the morale of the Army aircraft trade trainees on base. Unfortunately what was planned as a short stopover turned into a week long stay due to an unserviceability but this gave hundreds of aircraft trade trainees from all three services a rare opportunity to look at a Chinook up close and personal. Being a long way away from any of the three Regts, it is not unusual for Army trainees to not see any Army aircraft until they get to Oakey. That is about two years after they join the Army to become aircraft tradesmen. In contrast, there are regular visits by Navy aircraft located at Nowra and some Air Force aircraft from squadrons located in Sydney and Newcastle. An aircraft stopping over for a couple of hours may not seem significant to some but for the trainees undergoing the lengthy and difficult IET at RAAFSTT, it represents their goal and a great opportunity to touch it and talk to tradesmen who have been through the same training and now work on the aircraft. The Army Admin Cell at RAAFSTT would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chinook crew for visiting the base. In particular, special thanks are due to SGT Green who made the aircraft and himself available for hundreds of Navy, Army and Air Force trainees. We hope many more Army aircraft will visit Wagga in the future. Future Army aircraft tradesmen win the Defence Force Challenge at the Gumi Race The 2012 World Championship Gumi Race was held in Wagga Wagga on 26 Feb 12. The name Gumi (GOOM-I) is a Pidgin English word for "rubber" as in inner tube and one of the rules states that the means of floatation must be at least 80% by inflated inner tubes. The Gumi Race has been held in Wagga Wagga since 1976 and after a long period of absence, this year's race saw the reintroduction of the Defence Force Challenge race. This year's four Defence teams all came from RAAF Base Wagga but all three services were well represented by the Navy, Army and Air Force aircraft trade trainees from RAAF School of Technical Training (RAAFSTT) and there was even a staff team including an APS from Development, Evaluation and Training Squadron (DETS) in RAAFSTT. All the Defence rafts were unique in their design and construction but all floated successfully although some of them required battle damage repairs during the operational test and evaluation phase, just minutes before the launch. The Army team consisted of CFN Gutteridge (Team Captain), CFN McLaren, CFN Rutherford, CFN Sparks and CFN Williams, and the secret weapon Mrs Catherine Jago (the wife of SGT Jago, Army ATECH instructor). The raft built by the team was a thing of beauty -- a giant mural of the RAEME corps badge covering the whole raft's top and a RAEME Tricolour flying, and armed with a 50 cal. machine gun (see the photo). The Army team won the 7km race, many nautical miles in front of the Navy team with the time of 1hr and 41 min, followed by DETS and Air Force, and the win made into the local newspaper the next day. The winning raft will be kept and handed down to future trainees. It is hoped that winning the Defence Force Challenge at the Gumi Race will become a long lasting tradition for the Army aircraft trade trainees at RAAF Base Wagga. Unfortunately it is not very well known to the Wagga Wagga public that there are Army trainees undergoing training at RAAF Base Wagga despite all the town activities they participate in -- various charity and social events, and ANZAC Day march as a separate Army element to the Kapooka contingent. It is a tough gig for the relatively small number of Army personnel at RAAF Base Wagga to make a mark besides Kapooka but they are always proud of who they are and do their bit to represent themselves, the corps of RAEME and Army. RAAFSTT CAPT Yong Yi unit jottings