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Craftsman : Craftsman 2013
RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2013 45 unit jottings The 5 AVN Ground Equipment Repair (GER) Workshop has hit the ground running in 2013 with a solid supply of work that has had the boys on the go since the roller doors went up day one. The end of 2012 saw the usual turnovers of blokes moving on but the order of battle largely remains the same, with most key players staying on. WO2 Rod Bitters is once again in the saddle and cracking the proverbial ACE's whip. He's had a busy time with the usual corporate governance and equipment health reports, and making sure the ground workshop is producing to its maximum in support of the flying squadrons and the rest of the Regiment as a whole. Also holding the seat of the Troop Commander which is as always a full on position. VEH The ever-flogged greasers have really had their work cut out this year with the unit wanting to deploy everything it has on wheels to Ex CATA and Ex Talisman Sabre, including other vehicles it has managed to scrounge up from around the RAAF Base and JLU(NQ). SGT Browning would like to have his hat in the ring a bit more but CHEMALERT , Calibration, MILIS, and being the go-to-guy, has him driving a desk so hard that the skin on his hand has almost grown around the computer's mouse. CPL Tim Penna has been running the shop floor with his trusty crew of CFN Jason Bell, CFN Ray Bradshaw and CFN Mick Vaughan, swingin' spanners and cooking top Barbies making us all nice and contented, while keeping the BMI levels high. Jason's missus is having a Bub at time of writing, so we wish them well for the future. Also worth mentioning is a support task that saw the lads head up to Weipa to look after a convoy move and also wet a line on the rare chance. Stories of big fish and predators were the highlight. ELEC 5 AVN would have to have the smallest Elec section around considering the size of the Regiment, with just CPL Geoff Hanley himself holding the reins. He's more than managed it well, being all by his lonesome and I'm sure he was as shocked as we were, when he finally got an OJT to help-out with his workload prior to bush. Jeff is still as mad and keen as ever with his horses and still gets up at the crack of dawn to go and sort them out, before work most mornings. GE Pleasing to say that the GE section is still maintaining a position, on deployment with the Rotary Wing Group in Afghanistan. CFN Cameron Nayler is flying the flag and having a great ol' time on the base at Kandahar airfield. No doubt he's got the guns under control and spending his spare time pumping iron at the gym. SGT Matt Stephens is on his second year here as GE SGT, as is CPL Urbanavicius (Bananas) as well. All three of us (author included) have had our work cut out for us as having only one crafty on deck permanently, sees Matt and Bananas regularly getting back out on the tools. We've been very lucky (more-so dependant) that ALTC has been feeding us a never-ending supply of OJT's to keep our inspections ticking over. RECOV We got in CFN Matt Pigdon at the start of the year as CPL Monty Thorne is still on long service leave, in danger of discharge, because of a nasty case of cushycivyjobitis. Matt's been polishing up on all the recovery gear maintenance and managing our rickety old bitch of a HRV. He's bought himself a boat and has been getting up to water skiing shenanigans in his spare time. More recently, the section deployed onto Ex CATA to high range. Along with our 1 Avn workshop buddies, running all the power out and keeping the vehicle fleet on the mend has kept the bigwigs happy and singing GER's praises. The Avo's were nice blokes too, agreeing to Rods requests to get the boys up on a few S70 flights which happened to be a first for a few fellas. The ASM (Rod) and Sgt Matt Stephens found the easy way of travelling around the flight lines for the daily equipment inspections by using the good old trusty push bikes. A few eyebrows were raised on day one when the bikies appeared but following that a number of other Regiment members commented on what a great idea the bikes were. FROM THE ASM The year is only but half way through and the tempo of work has been very consistent and fast. All the members of GER have applied themselves to the maximum knowing that the requirements of the Regiment come first. There have been excessive hours of work put in by the members with some overtime also required, but all have put in there best to achieve the required objective and well done to all for the commitment. There doesn't seem to be any reprieve for the second part of the year, with numerous exercises and activities planned and most are back to back. The commitment of the GER members has been reflected in the Regiment EHR which has reached the planned 87% availability of equipment, another great performance mark. 5 AVN RGT Ground Equipment Repair Troop CFN Andrew Gellert