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Within the first couple of weeks as C/S, I got my first red tag, a PC didn't F/N at exams. I was called up to the Snr C/S's office and was reamed out like you wouldn't believe. Fortunately, I had been reamed out like that once before in Sydney by the Assistant Guardian and I learnt that you don't resist it and make a ridge, you let it go by. Jeff then said, "What are you doing?" I honestly said, "Nothing." But I must admit that I was holding my position by holding onto the top corners of his office. For a while Jeff kept insisting with me denying it which probably gave him the ridge he expected. Cheryl Weigand(?) the D/Snr C/S for NOTs who was in the same office, had a bit of a stunned look on her face as I walked out.

When I walked back into the C/S office, Mark, the Lead C/S, saw my pale face, smiled and said, "Jeff models himself on LRH as he was on the ship." I just nodded. Red tags are the stat of the Snr C/S, and as I was to find out one day, you feel more effect rather than cause over it. In time, I did have a few more reaming outs and quickly got used to it using my "special handling".

As we approached my first Sea Org Day, we were given the opportunity to submit forms for rank promotion, which are reviewed by an officer council. I filled in a form (in Australia we fill in forms whereas in the US they fill out forms) and decided I should be at least a "midshipman" as they and those above, received table service. My request was ignored and I was made a Petty Officer class 3, which is the very bottom. I was insulted until I was told everyone starts at the bottom except class VIII auditors who start at Chief Petty Officer. In protest, I decided not to wear any rank until I reached midshipman.:mad: I did become a bit of an expert filling in/out promotion forms and was handling 20+ each year.

I had been at Flag for a couple of years and had fully settled in and had become very much part of the team. In the C/S office we had worked out a routine where we each had a liberty (a day off) once a month. My Green Card had come through, I had purchased a VW Kombi campervan and gotten my driver's licence/license. I had this little card in my pocked and would look at it many times each day particularly in the loo. Written on it was

E 1 2 3

These were my goals. The first line was "Eligibility (OT) OT1 OT2 OT3". The second line was simply "Green Card", and the third line was "Van Driving Licence".

It was at this that I had a pleasant surprise, a team had come from Sydney for NOTs training for AOSH ANZO and Sydney Org. Peter Sparshott was to become a NOTs C/S, Harry Bloombery a NOTs Auditor. I don't recall why Lyn Greenslade, Lead C/S and Carmel Underwood were there. Harry offered to do my OT Eligibility which took one session, and after I'd completed OT3, he did my OT DRD, OT4.

I think it was my third Auditors' Day at Flag. I was C/Sing for one of those auditor/PC combinations which wasn't going well, not well at all. I wanted to re-assign the PC and have the auditor retread his TRs and E-meter drills. The DofP protested and the Lead C/S over-ruled me after we had a discussion and I foolishly went along with it. The auditor did his cramming and then double red tagged the PC. This was the week preceding Auditors Day. Snr C/S, Jeff Walker was absolutely furious with me because the double red tag crashed his stat heavily. He removed me from post and assigned me the job of scrubbing toilets and I was doing this for about a week. So you could say I was in the sh*t on that Auditors Day.

I was beginning to think my tech days were over and perhaps it was time for me to move on. I had fulfilled the goals I had on my card. I had also started on my NOTs auditor course and had fully read the pack. Then the Snr C/S's page came and got me and Jeff posted me as Student C/S as he had been doing it himself and was getting overloaded.

Things looked much brighter and I added EC on my card after DL. I had decided that I would like to drive up the coast to New England as a long overdue vacation. Yes I know, one doesn't get vacations in the SO, but my card had been good to me.

Being a student C/S was a dream and I had a 16 week run of 100% F/N VGIs which so impressed Snr C/S Jeff Walker, that when Snr C/S Int was visiting, he was shown my graph by Jeff Walker. A few days later, I had my first red tag, a co-audit student from Orange County. I will remember his name well. Shortly after that Jeff Walker replaced Ray Mithoff as Snr C/S Int, who was promoted to Inspector General Tech.

For an undate for Flag C/Ses: Mark Elsner who was Lead C/S when I arrived, took leave to handle a family problem, he was replaced briefy by Caroline Webb Class XII who became D/Snr C/S and was replace by Alain Kartuzinski Class XII who was replaced by Anne Glushakow, when he joined RTC and was stationed at Flag.

It wasn't long after this, that the powers that be, decided that I would make a good continental Snr C/S to replace Hara O'Hare in NY. I was very reluctant to agree and eventually agreed when they agreed that (1) I would remain on FSO staff and would continue to be paid by them, and (2) that I would not assume the temporary post until someone was sent to Flag to train as a C/S to replace me. Cunningly I got this in writing.

We, two missionaires and I, arrived at Newark Airport after dark, We took a bus to the Port Authority bus terminal, when we reached the Hudson River, the view of Manhattan at night is totally spectacular. We arrived at the CLO which was on the top floor of the New York Org building, which if I remember correctly, was just down from Times Square in 46th Street. This area was shared between the CLO and CMO. And there I met the CLO staff. After that I was taken down to the berthing, a dilapidated building in, I think, 48th Street. About 6 to 12 months after I left NY, I believe Miscavige visited it and ordered the RPF from PAC? INT? or whatever, to fully renovate the building and house the CLO and berthing in the building. My room had a bed, dresser, hanging space, and a basin in which only the hot water worked. There was only one shower working and we had to queue up in the hallway to use it.

The following morning I arrived at the Org and shown where the dining room was. By this time I was a warrant officer, which was above midshipman, so I was give a seat at the officer's table which was on the stage of a small auditorium serving as the dining room. At last I was receiving table service. Ah! such luxuries. And the food was very good.

I then went up to the Snr C/S office. The upper floors of the building, were U shaped with the CMO at the end of the right hand arm and the Snr C/S office at the end of the other. There were all these little bits of paper on the desk which were telexes cut into individual messages. I had a briefing from Hara and given a hat write up which I looked through, and then I started puzzling over these telexes. The missionaires and Hara disappeared and in fact were on their way to Int. I was furious (and impotent) because the deal was that I wouldn't take over until a replacement was found. However, I did have the deal in writing on RTC letterhead, and the other items were well and truly under my control. As there was SFA I could do about it, I settled down to sort out some 50 or so, telexes by trying to match them.

I was getting nowhere and was about to go out and see I could get myself a coffee, when a messenger walked in and said Hello. I don't recall her name, it was something like Janine, but then again, maybe not. She was tall slim attractive with short dark hair. She was friendly but I sensed a no nonsense disposition. We talked about things generally and then she asked me what I was doing with all the telexes laid out on my desk. After I told her, she asked for my waste paper bin and then proceeded to put all the telexes into it. In response, I said, "So that's how one handles telexes," feeling much relieved. Her response was, "No. That's how I handle these telexes. In future, you have to answer them."

Before I continue with my Cont Snr C/S EUS episode, there was one other notable incident towards the end of my time in the FSO. You may recall how I spent Auditors Day 1985, cleaning toilets. I was, in fact, re-posted as an auditor. It was after about a month or so, in the "chair" auditing, that Snr C/S decided I should be the student C/S. After my record run of no red tags, I had very few up to Auditors Day 1986. On Auditors Day all Flag C/Ses stand on the auditorium stage and the Snr C/S awards "Flag C/S of the Year" to one of the C/Ses. Being the lowest C/S in pecking order, I was not in the running. But the unbelievable happened he called my name. He had to repeat it, because I wasn't really paying attention. The guy next to me had to nudge me, and I said, "Who? me? Are you sure?" Well that brought the house down. I had done a "Steven Bradbury" (last man standing in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics where the Australian skater won a gold medal because all the other competitors had fallen). All the other C/Ses had multiple red tags in the last couple of weeks or were on retreads. So as unlikely as it could have been, I received the title of "Flag C/S of the Year" for 1986. From toilet cleaner to Flag C/S of the Year, in twelve months!

I think at this point I should make a comment about the "Mecca of Technical Perfection". About four or five of the audittors in the case cracking unit were very good, with probably Peirre Ethier the best. Then there were five or six who were competent but not in the same class. Then there were on average about ten or so, interns. Some of them were experienced outer org auditors at Flag to do their Flag internships to improve their skills. But then there were those who were Flag public who had been required to do Flag auditor training to improve their solo auditing ability, so they too were required to do Flag internships, and did their auditing in the case cracking unit, with limited skills. So even though the DofP did his best to assign PCs requiring expert skills, too frequently the assignments were a disaster and the PCs who were promised the best, just plain didn't get it. So it was a Mecca in the sense that you might find technical perfection, if you were damned lucky. And many weren't!:

Well, back in NY, on my first day in the office, mid afternoon, a bell rang. Someone came and got me and led me to a course room. Yes this CLO had a regular 2 1/2 hours study time five days a week for all staff. The supervisor who I think was the supercargo, the title of the person who ranks with the 1st mate, just below the commanding officer, sat me down and said she was going to work out a study program for me. She said, "now, you've done the products?" I said, "Well, I have done my product clearing as a C/S, and that should be much the same for a Snr C/S." She said, "No. Not that. Your basic Sea Org training on the EPF (Estates Project Force), Product 0, 1, and 2?" I said , "No, what are they?" She looked at me and said, "I don't believe this. You're a warrant officer in the Sea Org, you're posted as a continental Snr C/S, and you haven't done your basic training?" So my first step on my program was to do these, then mission school (we decided on the full hat), and then continue my OEC (Organization Executive Course).

On my second or third day on post, still having trouble answering telexes wanting to know if particular targets have been done on particular programs, of which I had no knowledge, and requesting data concerning situations of which I had no knowledge, and others which made no sense at all, so I decided to visit the local C/Ses in NY Day and NY Fdn. Debbie, C/S NY Day, I had met over lunch when I did my HRD training, so we got on well. She was having a few problems with orders she was receiving from the org's programs chief in the CLO. I explained to her that her orders came from Snr C/S Int's Office through me, and if she had a query on an order she can come and see me or have me come down. She showed me an order, I don't recall the details, I'm afraid, and I wrote out an order instructing her not to follow it. The following morning I got a message that the CO wanted to see me. I wandered around to his office, knocked and went in and said, "Hi Tommy", noticing he looked quite angry. He yelled at me, "Call me sir!" I said, "Do you want Sir Tom or Sir Thomas?" Well, he blew right up. I said, "I'll come back when you've got yourself together." and walked out. As I said, I was a bit of a loose cannon.

I had no idea that he was holding the Programs Chief for NY Day post from above. He made it clear that as far as he was concerned, he was my boss. Then I made it clear to him that my boss was Snr C/S Int, that I report to him and I follow his orders, and that all C/Ses were accountable to me. Eventually we came to an arrangement where by any program step for an org which entails a C/S would be cleared with me. Tommy was Tommy Gustaffasson. He was a very able administrator and certainly looked after his staff well. We were to become very good friends although he could never accept I was FSO staff. I believe Tommy was in Exec Strata and was busted to CO CLO EUS. I did hear that after NY he became CO of Celebrity Center Int. in LA.

The C/S of NY Fdn was Lessel also an able C/S. She was from England and she reminded me of a young Queen Elizabeth when she was a princess. Her partner was Bill Harker and he was interested in becoming my replacement and was off to Flag after we replaced him as an auditor in NY Fdn.

Then came Thursday. In an Org, for the production staff, it all happens before 2.00pm, for the ED, it is directly after 2.00pm, for CLO's it starts about 4.00 pm and for Program Chiefs goes through until 6.00am to 8.00am. As Snr C/S EUS, I would wait for the C/Ses of all the orgs to send me their "battle plans" which are mini programs for the next week to ensure they are upstat for the next week. I would make any changes and telex them back. This never happened in Sydney and it seemed to be a waste of time for the C/Ses. After a couple of months, I would simply look at the various org stats when they came in and simply delete steps from a master program I had worked out and sent that. Eventually the C/Ses stopped wasting time composing their own. Note that we did have IBM PCs with DOS, this was before windows, but there was no internet, we would simple dial the org or they would dial the CLO. So I would type the programs up on a floppy, there was no hard drives, on a second computer and pass it over to the computer being used for transmission. I would be off to bed or rather a coffee by 8.00 to 8.30pm.

Of course, I had to submit a "battle plan" to Snr C/S Int Office each Thursday also. But it became routine once I was on top of my job. My job was to keep red tags to a minimum in the orgs of the EUS "continent". Unfortunately there would be the occasional red tag and I would call for the folder and cram the C/S, as a red tag represented "auditor error, C/S error and program error". In EUS, there were two orgs which had no auditing. They were small orgs but one had two students on an auditor training. Now, the stat of the Snr C/S is the F/N VGIs ratio, which was the "number of exams where the PC was F/N VGIs" over "the total number of PC exams". Where an org had no auditing in a week, it was assumed that it had 100% F/N VGIs as there were no red tags, which seemed fair enough.

The programs chief for this org was pushing the ED of the org for a course completion. So on the Thursday morning, the ED pushed the supervisor to get the auditor and his PC into their first session to get the course completion. However, the auditor and/or PC wasn't ready, and the result was a red tag. This meant that instead of 100% F/N VGIs, the org had 0%. This crashed my stats and also those of Snr C/S Int. Well, I copped a rocket in the form of an "intercontinential ballistic missile with multiple nuclear warheads" from Snr C/S Int Office and they insisted that I get the PC folder to them priority post. I kept it off the org's lines until the red tag was off which was within the 24 hours, and then requested the folder. Unfortunately, the programs chief told the ED that Snr C/S Int had called for the folder which created a panic in the org and it took a couple of weeks to get the auditor back into session. The final outcome, was to assign orgs without any auditing, 0 for the F/N VGIs ratio. Yes, I copped a cramming too.

On a lighter note, I was in NY for about 15 months and my direct senior was on the otherside of the continent on the outskirts of LA. So I had regular liberties and did all the touristy things such going to the top of the Empire State building, downtown NY and the World Trade Centre, Staten Island ferry, Coney Island and the famous board walk in the middle of winter, Central Park, MMA, Bronx Zoo, and all over midtown NY. Most NYers thought I was from New England, that is until Crocodile Dundee premiered in NY. Walking from the Org to the berthing passed a favourite spot for a couple of prostitutes who after a while say "Hi" to me as a local, not a potential customer. I think if you live in NY for a year, you become a NYer. On the otherhand, you could live in a small town and still be a stranger after 20 years.

After I completed my missionaire training, I was anxious to get out to all the orgs. However, as a mission required two missionaires, I either had to borrow someone from the CLO whch would mean a quid pro quo I would have to be available for one of Tommy's mission and Snr C/S Int Office said definitely NOT, or recruit someone which could take 6 months to get the person trained. I was talking to Diane, the Supercargo, about my dilemma and she told me that the Finance people regularly go out on "one man" missions. I had a chat with them and they showed me a issue which said a second missionaire was not necessary for an observation mission. Aha! I said.

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