A co-worker forwarded this to me today--I wanted to share with everyone, especially those with family in the military past or present. Rather than earn promotions through the Oakland farm system, Johnston was deployed three times. He went to the Persian Gulf twice — aboard the USS Peleliu, an amphibious assault ship; and the USS Curts, a frigate. He helped to defuse a pirate attack on a Singaporean vessel in the Gulf of Aden. And as far as August heat, the Texas League has nothing on Bahrain. But now Johnston is off active duty, almost certainly for good. And when the independent California Winter League opens Saturday, he will suit up for his first nine-inning, keep-score game since June 9, 2008 — when the Navy called him back to active duty just 36 games into his professional career.