Personality & Traits Edit
John was a man with little time for new recruits, rarely taking the time to get to know them or converse with them unless absolutely necessary. After fourteen years fighting the Locust his mental state was called into question, though he allayed his squad-mates fears by claiming he received medication and counseling: claims later found to be false.
Before his death Gary Henderson and Bridgett McMillan noticed his growing madness, which resulted in Sgt. Briggs keeping a close eye on him and Bridgett warning Gary - a new recruit - to stay away from him because he was now a danger to himself and others.
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Scouting Timgad Valley Edit
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Sgt. Briggs informed his squad that COG High Command was preparing an offensive against the Locust in the near future that could potentially end the war by detonating a bomb within the Hollow. COG Command lacked one major part of intelligence - a feasible location to launch the bomb. With that revealed, Dawn Squad was tasked with scouting out a sinkhole reported at Timgad Valley. Sgt. Briggs was to lead his squad to the Mag-lev train and scout out the location. Gary, Bridgett, Wilfred, John and Malcolm were accompanied by Cpl. Harding and Pvt. Ogilvy of Spear Squad and successfully boarded the train after a subsequent take-over by Locust forces and a small firefight outside the trains platform. Pvt. John Hastings was killed however by Locust forces on the train, which he took out by fragging himself. Briggs observed the sinkhole and informed command were he then began the withdrawal. Their evacuation zone came under heavy attack by Locust forces however, including two Corpers and a Reaver. Pvts. Bridgett McMillan and Wilfred were labelled MIA while Malcolm was shot between the eyes. Only Briggs and Gary, accompanied by Harding and Ogilvy, made it out alive to make their report.