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Craftsman : Craftsman 2013
RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2013 It has been a interesting beginning to 2013 for TST with numerous new faces marching in (incl myself) and a broad scope of tasks that have been the main effort during the last six months. We have also had four babies (one set of twins) born to members of the Tp with one still due in July, so something must have been in the air in 2012. Ex Barce was this years first Regt Ex in lead up to Ex TS in Jul with the whole of CSS Bty deploying. This Ex was a good opportunity for the guys in the Tp to get to know each other better, as well as the few other deployed Q and TPT personnel from the Bty. TST is now back into the normal barracks routine with a handful of personnel now preparing for a Rifle Company Butterworth deployment lead by A Bty in late July. Following numerous deployments for the GE SGT and recently A/ ASM, SGT Mick Garnham concluded in April and seven weeks much deserved leave for the ASM, WO2 Brian Morriss finishing in July, the Tp will again have a majority of staff back on deck. Veh Sect -- CFN Josh Brown As the premier section within the workshops, Veh Sect hit the ground running hard and fast. Gone are Jase Lee (SGT Jason Lee), Weir monster (SGT Paul Weir) & Richo (CFN Steven Richardson). Welcome Barney (CPL Aaron Barnett), Jacko (CPL Chris Jackson) and JC (CFN John Caruana) along with Bravo (CFN Thomas Anderson) fresh off OJT's. The new members of the section had to learn & relearn the idiosyncrasies involved with Troop & Regt admin, while conducting the usual repairs and servicing. As Ex Barce approached so did the amount of work, the usual late "we need this for Bush" requests piled in. Luckily, the sunshine state maintained its reputation and rained non stop thus closing SWBTA and moving Ex Barce six weeks to the right. This allowed a little bit of breathing space as we also completed all those boring yearly tasks that nobody wants to do. Jacko now has the reputation of HAZCHEM and administration guru while Benny (SGT Ben Lewis) dodged everything except promotion by going on courses. Ex Barce was eye opener to all new members of the troop on how Arty likes it's CSS run. None the less those fresh face vehicle members threw themselves into all tasks and generally had a memorable time both good and bad. Those older and wiser in the section stepped up and mentored those who lacked knowledge of general field craft and the operation of a FRG. GE Sect -- CFN Gary Bird This year started of slowly with all the new arrivals to TST. There was excitement in the air with the news that we were going Shoal Water Bay Training Area on Ex Barce. Before Ex Barce, GE Sect has been conducting some good repairs to our rusty Mack fleet and lots of PMV bin straightening. The fitters had no change with gun inspections continuing as always. We started to prepare our vehicles for the trip, and on the morning of the 29 Apr 13 TST set off on our trip to Rockhampton. The next day we arrived at SWBTA only one short stop at the gate, as no one knew the gate lock combination. We spent a couple of days at Camp Growl receiving lessons on deploying and operating whilst in the field. We then moved location into the great bush of SWBTA. Once we were in our location to start our IMTs, it became obvious that we needed our own call signs to confuse the head shed and the enemy and any one else listening. EIR Sect -- CFN Russell Watson It was a slow start to the year with a new Sect Comd CPL Cheyne Truelove marching in to take over the command and control of EIR Sect. He had no hesitation introducing new procedures to ensure work was completed above standard and communication within the section was at all times present. These changes were a welcome improvement to the section. Early 2013 saw EIR take part in Exercise Safety First. In the conduct of this exercise it was our role to provide informative lessons on the correct procedure to complete a Non Technical Inspection on the various generators that were being utilised in the unit. We were also tasked to inform the equipment managers of 1 Regt on the process and intervals of Electrical Integrity Testing. In late April, TST was deployed on Exercise Barce. The only EIR element available for the Exercise was the sole Eleccy (Myself). The main role for myself was to supply CSS Bty with power using the units FPDS and maintain generators that were used by other elements of 1 Regt. The exercise served its purpose by identifying the Sect faults and gave myself the opportunity to rectify these faults and create section SOP's to ensure improvement on future deployments of EIR. EIR has had a good start to the year with Mr Goffa (aka CFN Gerlinger) celebrating the birth of this third child which as we all know is a great time for no sleep and pooy nappys. Our resident Eleccy the touch god CFN Watson has had a great start to the year captaining the unit touch football side to a hard fought win in inter-service touch; which was expected due to all the time allowed within the unit for sports training (Ha, Ha). TST, 1 Regt RAA CAPT Tim Bligh