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"Chief," the colonel said. "I hate to ask you this, but I need you to be in the desert six days from now, for a 179-day rotation. Can you go?"
With no emotion in his voice and without even looking up, the chief replied, "I put on my uniform this morning, didn't I?"
The colonel was a little taken back by the chief's response because he wasn't one to talk in riddles. The colonel thought to himself, "Has this veteran of 28 years finally gone off the deep end on me?"