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In March 2003, Senior Master Sgt. Robert Disney watched a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan, killing his friend and mentor, Master Sgt. Michael Maltz.

“He was on the cover of the Air Force pamphlet for pararescue,” Disney said. “His face and how he appeared in that picture is what made me want to be a PJ [pararescueman].”

Disney plans to honor his friend when he accompanies a group of airmen getting ready to leave on an expedition to climb Mount Everest.

“In his memory, I haven’t told anybody this, but I’m going to bring a picture of him and hand it to one of the climbers to leave on top of the mountain,” Disney said. “When they do memorial pushups on top of the mountain, I want them to do one for Mike.”

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