USAF 7 Summits team conquers Mount Everest

Congratulations to the United States Air Force 7 Summits team for successfully reaching the Mount Everest summit May 19. The historic climb marks the first time a team of military members from any nation has reached the highest point on all seven continents including Mount Elbrus in Europe, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Aconcagua in South America, Mount McKinley in North America, Mount Vinson in Antarctica, Mount Kosciuszko in Australia, and Mount Everest in Asia. The team completed the Mount Everest climb on the 50th anniversary of Jim Whittaker’s three-month trek on May 1, 1693, to become the first American to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Maj. Rob Marshall, a CV-22 Osprey acceptance pilot from Mercer Island, Wash., currently stationed at Bell Helicopter in Amarillo, Texas, celebrated the completion of the challenge by doing 30 pushups in less than 30 seconds at the summit. Marshall said he did the pushups to highlight the importance of physical fitness and teamwork.

Staff Sgt. Nick Gibson, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., will wrap up our blog series about the team’s journey and his individual challenges during the final climb of Mount Everest.

PHOTO: Maj. Rob Marshall and Capt. Drew Ackles proudly display the Air Force flag on the summit of Mount Everest. (Courtesy photo)

Information courtesy of USAF Seven Summits Challenge blog. For more information, follow the team’s progress on the Seven Summits website, Seven Summits blog and Facebook page. You can also visit the 920th Rescue Wing Facebook page. The USAF 7 Summits Challenge is not officially sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense or the U.S. Air Force. It is a team of military members acting unofficially, and with no DOD financial assistance, to spread goodwill about the U.S. Air Force.