Oh God how I wish I were making this shit up.
Thankfully, my experiences with this soldier were brief, and this is the last (or nearly last) experience that I had with him. Again, we were deployed in Orgun-e (read my earlier post if you need to know where that is), and again I was on tower guard with him.
Thankfully, we had a rotating guard shift, which left us with a different person each time (or at least a welcome respite between shifts with Johnson). Due to the fact that this was almost six years ago, I forget if this was before or after the spoon incident, but it was the same deployment at the same base.
In addition to our tower duties, each of us had an assigned duty around our platoon area to help things along and keep the boredom away. Mine was the maintenance and repair of the tents, as well as the restocking of provisions for missions. PVT Johnson’s duty was simply to make sure that the arctic stoves had enough fuel in them to continually run. It was snowing out, and this is an important task, but a relatively simple one.