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build didn't go without its problems,
there was minimal time for planning and
information for design.
the most part, the build went smoothly
d enjoy the work. Our boys were keen to
ved and learn new skills and the tradies
n a quick and professional manner which
e successful completion of the PB."
e-weeks before the main body arrived,
p worked on widening, reshaping and
roads and clearing the PB site of all trees
is. They hauled 11 hours a day and also
night if required.
B Buman, personnel were rotated through
give them experience and a broader under-
of the preparatory works and systematic
ion required for each task.
ers from 21 Tp, 18 CE Sqn, recently
from operations in Afghanistan where the
ion of patrol bases as a foothold in hostile
was a focus during their tour. Their opera-
perience was crucial in the construction of
on commander Cpl Geoffrey Burchell said
articipated in an MRE at High Range pre-
he thought the facilities being constructed
reatly contribute to addressing the short-
y encountered during their pre-deployment
future exercises, PB Buman will go a long
ards providing a realistic facility that will
eploying members to replicate everyday
they would expect living out of a patrol
Afghanistan," Cpl Burchell said.
CER Lt-Col Rupert Hoskin said this pro-
been superb training for the regiment.
ol bases are a very common requirement
verseas deployments, but the design, pro-
nagement and construction complexities
a steep learning curve," Lt-Col Hoskin
raised the bar by including a lot of internal
and security features and it has been mar-
o observe everyone step up to the plate and
nit has completed the construction of both
ases leaving minor works to be finished
e 2010 training year.
e patrol bases are in addition to PB
and PB Mashal which were built in 2009
nst Sqn, 6 ESR.
facilities will be completed in time to be
the MTF 2 MRE.
to Afghanistan. They're
Zenith King reports.
Familiarisation: Patrol Base Wali nears completion on High Range (above).
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
Moving mountains: Patrol Base Buman is well advanced (below).
Photo by WO2 Kenneth Hughes
Mark Doran Moving mounds: Spr Philip Managrave, 18 CE Sqn, packs down the filling in the hesco
barrier on the perimeter wall.
About so: Spr Jason Corradi, right, and LAC Shane Watts take measurements and
hammer in stakes prior to the laying of the foundations for the patrol bases.
July 8, 2010
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