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Wounded Airmen Aiming to Reach Everest Base Camp!

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Send these American Airmen on an epic journey sure to help them heal from their ordeals mentally, physically, and spiritually.  We need to raise $20,000 before Feb 25th to ensure these wounded warriors have plane tickets, permits, guides, and lodging as they accompany the USAF 7 Summits Challenge on our trek to Everest Base Camp.  Using the link below, your donations to the AF Rescue community’s charity, “That Others May Live Foundation” are tax deductible and will go directly to the mission to send these Airmen on this important and powerful trip deep into the Himalayan mountains.




Senior Master Sgt. Robert Disney, 35, USAF Pararescueman, survived a gunshot wound to the head on April 18, 2003, when enemy forces ambushed his special operations team as they inserted to a remote location in Central Pakistan.  A shining example of resilience and the warrior spirit, Disney has also endured a helicopter crash (Aug ‘02), witnessed the death of six close friends in another helicopter crash (Mar ‘03), and suffered a traumatic brain injury from a 15-foot fall onto his back during helicopter operations.  He was stationed at Moody Air Force Base, GA (‘98-’04, ‘07-’11) and RAF Mildenhall, UK before joining the Standards and Evaluations division at Air Combat Command Headquarters, Langley AFB, VA.  Disney is a devoted advocate for Wounded Warrior issues and has become a highly successful public speaker.  Robert is from Central Illinois and is married to Tess Disney from Nashville, GA.


Tech. Sgt. Daniel Houghton, 28, USAF Pararescueman, was wounded Feb. 17, 2007, in a devastating MH-47 helicopter crash in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.  Despite near fatal injuries and a snow storm, Houghton maintained a security position in the fractured wreckage until he was rescued four hours later. While recovering from a follow-on surgery in June 2009, he learned that his brother, George Bryan Houghton, an F-16 pilot, had died in a training accident at Hill AFB, Utah.  Undeterred, Houghton fought his way back to a full recovery as an operational Pararescueman through the aid of the Athlete’s Performance Institute in Gulf Breeze, FL.   After four years as a Pararescue School Instructor at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM, he was recently selected as a Special Tactics Recruiter at his brother’s former home of Hill Air Force Base, UT.  Dan hails from Asheville, NC and is married to Marjorie Houghton from San Antonio, TX.

Capt Augustin Viani, 28, USAF, entered Combat Rescue Officer training directly after graduating the Air Force Academy in 2007. In Jan 2009, he sustained a fall during helicopter rope ladder training, resulting in a concussion and fractured spine. He was surgically repaired with a titanium spinal fusion. He recovered and was waivered to resume training 6 months later. In Dec 2009, he graduated as a Combat Rescue Officer, being assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB. After 2 OEF deployments (250 missions), Capt Viani was in a canopy entanglement with another teammate during parachuting training in August 2011.  The crash-landing resulted in a concussion, multiple pelvic fractures, rib fractures and torn knee ligament. He was immediately repaired with titanium hardware, followed by knee surgery 5 months later after being wheel chair bound for 3 months. Capt Viani recovered and was waivered again to resume training in Oct 2012.  Gus is married to Emily Viani from Albuquerque, NM.