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Army SPECIAL LIFTOUT August 18, 2011
... if they can't repair something in the field, they bring
it back to Camp Rocky and work all night ...
-- WO2 MICK MITCHELL, 10FSG
THE FIXER: Cfn Bradley Barnett, 9FSB, reseats the brakes on a Mack truck at Camp Rocky.
PHOTO BY LCPL MARK DORAN
LCPL MARK DORAN
"IF IT turns up, we fix it" is
how WO2 Mick Mitchell, ASM
10FSG, described the responsi-
bilities of his unit.
Thirty-two RAEME and five
RAAOC personnel from 2FSB,
9FSB, 10FSB and 15 Tpt Sqn were
based at DSG Camp Rocky and
were responsible for the third-line
support to all units in Rockhampton
and the Shoalwater Bay Training
Area during the exercise.
10FSG also had an attachment
of three Humvees in the vehicle
fleet, with seven US Army mechan-
ics in support.
In the first six weeks of the
deployment to Rockhampton,
10FSG clocked more than 950
hours of trade work and repaired
everything from Mack trucks,
engineering equipment and water
purification units, to carrying
out repairs on all the Australian
Army B-vehicles and a US Army
WO2 Mitchell said when vehi-
cles broke down on the range, the
operators sent an EMEFIX, with
a written or even a text message
"We have not turned a job down
and have been able to help out
nearly every unit involved in the
CPL MELANIE SCHINKEL
DESPITE the exercise's high tempo, 25
Australian Army personnel rolled up their cam
sleeves to donate blood at the Rockhampton
Base Hospital Blood Bank on July 26.
The squadron 2IC for 30FSS, Capt Dan Rojo,
10FSB, arranged the hospital visit and said sol-
diers and officers from various units jumped at
the opportunity to give something back to the
"We decided to give up some of our spare
time during the exercise to walk in and donate,"
he said. "Hopefully the blood we give will help
people in the local community."
As he prepared to give blood, the operations
officer for 30FSS, Lt Ryan Barwick, 10FSB, said
it was his first time giving blood.
"I thought it was a good opportunity to start
donating," Lt Barwick said.
"I'm not sure why I haven't donated before
-- I'm not nervous. I even get a tasty muffin after-
Lt Josh Kam,17 Sig Regt, said his unit
encouraged him to donate again.
"I used to donate all the time but for some rea-
son I stopped. It was convenient to come in with
my unit, so I have decided to get back into it and
make regular donations again," Lt Kam said.
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service sup-
plies almost 400 units of blood annually to ADF
troops in East Timor and Solomon Islands.
The service is working closely with the ADF
to develop deployable frozen blood products to
support troops serving in Afghanistan.
We can fix anything
exercise, including the RAAF and
the US forces," WO2 Mitchell said.
"One of the most serious
tasks we completed was repairing
an Actos fuel tanker, which was
"We needed to remove the tank
and have the welders repair it.
"The forward repair teams can
do a lot on site, but if they can't
repair something, they bring the
vehicle back to DSG Camp Rocky
and work all night or until the job
"If it is a quiet night, the boys
like to get plenty of fitness training
in and will work in a quick circuit
if they have a spare 10 minutes."
Cfn Bradley Barnett, 9FSB, said
the exercise was enjoyable and had
given him a chance to put his trade
skills to use.
"We have more responsibil-
ity out field and are allowed to do
higher grade repairs than we can do
in a workshop," he said.
"Some of the tasks were chal-
lenging at the start of the exercise
as I hadn't done them before, but
I've picked up some new skills."
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