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Workshop Floor Supervisor Sgt
Matthew Harrison came from working
on Bushmasters with 8/9RAR and said
working on the ASLAV was more of a
"They can be fairly labour inten-
sive, so I have had to plan the work and
how long the vehicles need to be in the
workshop to make sure they are out on
time," Sgt Harrison said.
"The Military Integrated Logistic
Information System procedure for get-
ting a vehicle into the workshop for
repairs, maintenance and parts is fairly
complex, especially for the ASLAVs,
as there are seven tasks in a technical
inspection which involves the fitters,
armourers, electricians and electronic
"There is a fair bit of paperwork
involved and that's where I try to bal-
ance it out, but I also get out on the
floor and swing spanners with the guys
to help out where I can."
Tasks for the MTF 4 workshop team
also include accompanying logistic
runs to the forward operating bases
with a recovery vehicle and a LAV-F.
"Having the opportunity to come
over here and work in a different
environment has been fantastic," Sgt
Harrison said. "As is working along-
side the great guys here, as their efforts
have made my job a lot easier."
THE WEAPONS WORKSHOP
MAINTENANCE, repairs and inspections of all
the Australian weapons systems in Uruzgan
are in the safe hands of 10 armourers and
two metal smiths with MTF 4.
Workshop supervisor Sgt Shaun Webber said
some of the tasks they were given seemed to be
unachievable at first.
"It can be a challenge to get all the equipment
and resources we need and sometimes the material
is not up to the standard we require compared to
the quality in Australia," he said.
"But we will always come up with ideas and
solutions to solve any given problem."
For some of the manufacturing and fabrication
jobs the metal smiths might not have the material
they need or have to cut down a large piece of steel
to make a smaller size.
"We have a great team here and I couldn't
ask for a better bunch of blokes to work with in
Afghanistan," Sgt Webber said.
Heavy duty: Mechanic LCpl Ryan Edwards services an ASLAV at Multinational Base Tarin Kot in Afghanistan.
Creative solutions: Cfn Chris
Potroz cuts metal with a horizontal
band saw in the RAEME workshop.
Fixing firepower: From left, Cfn
Chris Stapleton, Sgt Sean Weber
and Cfn Michael Rogers work on a
Carl Gustav in the weapons shop.
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