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Right now as the US airports teen summits Mount Everest very exciting bring enough -- Atlanta bureau sergeant staff sergeant nick Gibson.
-- gets -- -- simple hello how are you.
I'm doing well how are you -- I am doing well -- know that -- it was a team of six have you.
Four of you were able to summit.
In two did not.
-- -- it's as an accomplishment no doubt.
I think that you were part of -- went that you served as a medic on the team and just tell -- about your experience.
Who -- how you made it who didn't go all the way and why.
Well wait we -- -- sixty came from all over we have four pilots.
We have a GPS personnel and myself.
Terrorist commander PGA.
And as a team we had about a two -- segment of -- trying to stay healthy and yeah make it trips up the mound -- -- so.
In the and we had four personnel -- -- summit myself and one other person heads turned back very.
Very close to some and unfortunately.
Will -- did you have to turn back in at what point did you know.
Because of course you don't get that close and give up easily at what point did you know got to turn back.
Well we got two point on summit day so this is the one day after two months of preparation.
Where we were going from what's called camp four at 26000 feet -- try to make the twenty between -- thousand foot summit.
And we had one guy who had an upper respiratory infection and had been sick for a couple days and he gave it very valiant effort and got to a point -- he said this isn't my day I'm moving too slow and by that point he would.
Get to formerly ran -- -- so he decided to turn back.
After probably about four hours -- climbing.
And then myself after six hours -- climbing I got us stuck behind it.
Slow moving group and couldn't keep my hands of fears of war my fingers and toes warm.
And at this point I said you know what I've got a whole -- medicine a lot of people waiting for me back home.
This is no longer a Smart move in and use the air force -- risk management kind of thought process to say that this is.
Not cost effective on the turn -- protect the air force -- which -- me.
Well at Hampshire your mother she's still with his she is in years -- relatives.
Thought you know what could be hearing here at your air -- -- -- -- their ads that and it ended today it's really you know about.
Really living your life.
You have my mom mom would kill me if I had gone we've got sick and got -- -- -- I don't know whatever your mother would've killed it but it'd -- -- -- -- exactly you know would listen no doubt I -- chuckling a little bit distant to have a little bit of fun.
As moms had a funny way of that sort of thing that keeping us all in check.
But the reality is 26000 feet is definitely leave no small accomplishment so.
Having done -- -- having -- that far do you think that this is something you personally or as a group would try to try again.
Well personally for me -- I've made the decision that was my one shot.
I know I had one or two things been different I had no doubt been in my ability to reach the summit.
This this was an accomplishment.
It in everything the lead up to summit day getting to it to 28000 feet turn around.
I don't I don't feel ashamed about that it had all and kind of fact that.
And in effect it's no I feel very proud of the fact that we were successful as a team.
And we were able to get -- the summit but one of the biggest things -- we were able to bring some attention to.
To veterans and in the military and -- had veterans' health care issues yeah and specifically talk about the issues that you want us to be aware.
Well I I I wanted to draw parallel to the mountains of veterans are climbing and their health care every day.
Guys -- girls are coming back from overseas and they're they're suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
And and there is been in impressive rated military veterans whose side.
And and I've lost close friends being -- special operations medic to suicide.
I guess you've got to rescue missions abroad guys home points then we go home and commit suicide.
Based on the things that they they've had to see overseas so.
What we wanna do is who wanted to challenge the -- -- and and and challenged family members and friends -- -- to -- -- veterans in and -- and -- -- open.
And and challenged a veteran to.
Think that maybe they're okay or or are they -- to price for used to protecting others took to protect themselves and go.
Because -- counselor talked to the right people.
Well I know that you have website we're popping up on the screen over right now to share with everybody it's US AF.
Seven summits plural dot com so.
Go to the web site learn more about what it is that you're trying to achieve and ways that you could help as well Sargent nick Gibson.
Congratulations thank you so much for being here with this.
Thank you can't appreciated your welcome.
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