The Maltz Challenge is named in honor of Mike Maltz and supports the group Honor the Fallen. You can look at the website to see the servicemen and service-women being honored this year. Mike was a teammate of mine for several years at two duty stations in Florida and Alaska. He was an intense New Yorker and loved to lift big. The two of us were on a team that summated Mt. McKinley in 1990.
After a few hours and at the end of our 17 hour day we made it to camp and handed off the Germans to the rest of their team for treatment. This rescue is the highest save performed by pararescue to this day.
Mike went on to be an instructor at INDOC and served at several other units before he was killed. Mike's bio is can be found on the Maltz Challenge website. Many times we perform these workouts without knowing what happened to the people we are honoring. The operations officer for the unit where he was serving wrote a compelling article about what happened from the perspective of the base staff. I encourage you to read it. If you choose to support the group that organizes this event you can buy a tee-shit or make a donation.
See you Saturday, WT