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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 64 SASR Workshops has as usual been busy, with TST (or Total Support Troop as we are better known) supporting a number of training exercises and deployments. Pretty standard for the Regt workshop in the west ... plenty of people on the books, but bugger all on deck. At the end of last year we lost quite a few good hands to the dreaded posting cycle, (read as -- pretty much all currently employed by various mining companies and earning the big bucks) but on the upside, we had some fairly colourful characters post in... (Spaz). RAEME Birthday 2011 The 2011 RAEME Birthday was a pretty wild day for the Workshops. It all started with some traditional RAEME Birthday celebrations with refreshments at the workshop. Then all RAEME pers and honoured guests made there way to the Fremantle docks to embark upon the cruise of a life time. We had acquired a shipper from the cooks to contain all the refreshments we would need for the day. TST cruised up and down the Swan with some "hired help" serving our food/drinks for us. Many a man went overboard during the course of the day, but thankfully none were lost. We also had the judging of the coveted "Movember Best Mo", with a controversial win going to Corey. We disembarked from our cruise in Freo, and decided that it would be best if we visited some of the classier establishments along the Fremantle docks, where we proceeded to politely debate how the Army should be run. All in all everyone had a very good day. Vehicle section Vehicle section has been a very busy place over the last year. The new intake of crafties have been doing well to maintain the high standard of work set by their predecessors. They have had to juggle the vast array of courses they need to complete in order to work effectively on the broad range of vehicles we maintain. We have had a few injuries on bikes over the past year, resulting in one cripple, one broken leg and one bloke lucky enough to walk away. We have also had a couple of memorable events, from a case of "Don't you know who I am??" (good one Elvis!), a man love incident (nice one Casey) and a phantom luncheon meat thrower (something to do with a blokes bald patch). Elec section Elec section now comprises of Brad and Spaz, with the departure of JP to sunny Brisvegas at the end of 2011. The year has started with a rush, with the usual compulsory training and Brad took off on a bit of a holiday. Spaz has been left to hold the fort to continue on with the "bodgie" work and what ever else no greaser wants to do, especially if it has the magical smoke flowing through it, as well as educating the other trades on Alabama hot pockets and the like. EIR The Boffins are beginning to resemble albinos, as they very rarely emerge from their Boffin cave. Chris H has shown his prowess in the world of MS Excel, and has developed a spread sheet that can make you a brew. Kane A has had his ongoing love affair with the TST paper shredder, of which was last seen been thrown down a flight of stairs ... Our one remaining boffin, Jason P, is extremely busy at the moment tech inspecting the vast array of Gucci electronic shooter toys (oh, and "a lot" of radios -- thanks BCOG and RASIGs). This should ensure that he doesn't see any daylight for the next 2 years, further adding to that pasty appearance boffins are renowned for. The RPS The RPS has enjoyed some good times in 2012, reaping the benefits ofallthehardworkputinbySGTMandPTEOoverthelast2years or so. The addition of PTE JD to the RPS team has definitely given RPS some more street cred as all the crafties are scared of him. The Tool store is looking pretty sweet, however many of the 'shiny' things are under lock and key and only issued to the people in the workshop that look after things, ie the APS blokes. Some of the more 'interesting' characters are still having a tough time understanding the principle behind the short term loan book and as a result the RPS is steadily racking up a list of "persona non- grata" individuals, these people will become outcasts and banished. GE/Fitters The Fitters have been fairly busy so far this year. The APS armourers are going strong, with a trip to the gun show in Las Vegas early in the year to brush up on the latest techniques and tools of the trade. GE are running on a skeleton crew (as usual) with people on course, supporting various tasks and the normal deployments. The boys in Marine Tp are also under the pump as usual, with support to last year's CHOGM activity and various other smaller jobs keeping them gainfully employed, on and off the water. EME OPS The head shed has had a busy time trying to balance the backlog books, with at least one of the hierarchy missing at any given time due to deployments and the like. The Ace is finally getting his first gig in 20+ years in uniform, and as such is doing cartwheels around the wksp yard. The old boss, Luke S departed at the end of 2011 after a lengthy deployment, looking exhilarated to be off to the home of the Loggie, sunny Bandiana. The new boss for 2012, Buddha, has settled in well, and being an avid supporter of the Dockers, helps promote a healthy competitive "atmosphere" during the footy season. SASR Workshops Casey S unit jottings