A US Air Force C-141 is scheduled to leave Thule Air Base, Greenland at
midnight. During the pilot's preflight check, he discovers that the
latrine holding tank is still full from the last flight. So a message
is sent to the base and an airman who was off duty is called out to take
care of it.
The young man finally gets to the air base and makes his way to the
aircraft, only to find that the latrine pump truck has been left
outdoors and is frozen solid, so he must find another one in the hangar, which
takes even more time.
He returns to the aircraft and is less than enthusiastic about what he
has to do. Nevertheless, he goes about the pumping job deliberately and
carefully (and slowly) so as to not risk criticism later.
As he's leaving the plane, the pilot stops him and says, "Son, your
attitude and performance has caused this flight to be late and I'm
going to personally see to it that you are not just reprimanded but
Shivering in the cold, his task finished, he takes a deep breath,
stands up tall and says, "Sir, with all due respect, I'm not your son; I'm an
Airman in the United States Air Force. I've been in Thule, Greenland
for 11 months without any leave, and reindeer are beginning to look pretty
good to me. I have one stripe; it's two-thirty in the morning, the
temperature is 40 degrees below zero and my job here is to pump sh*t
from your aircraft. Now just exactly what form of punishment did you have in