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Cheerleader Afghanistan: Eagles honor cheerleader turned soldier

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A cheerleader in Afghanistan sounds a bit out of place -- but it's true. A Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader went from carrying pom poms to carrying a machine gun according to CNN. On Dec. 23 it was reported that Rachel Washburn is a first lieutenant in the United States Army. On Sunday, the Eagles honored their very own hero who cheered for their team from 2007 to 2009. However being a soldier is in Washburn's blood -- her dad was in the military for many years.

"The Bronze Star recipient served two tours of duty with the Army in Afghanistan, including one as a member of the Army's new Cultural Support Program," reports CNN.

The cheerleader is not in Afghanistan any more -- she wrapped her last tour in Nov. Now Washburn, 25, is stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia. She may be young but she's already done so many things in her life -- and on total opposite ends of the spectrum no less. Most people look at NFL cheerleaders as beautiful women who don't do much other than dance and entertain crowds -- but that would be a stereotype and Washburn completely cleared that up on her own.

It's hard to imagine going from being an NFL cheerleader to a soldier in the US military but Washburn wouldn't change it for the world.

This cheerleader in Afghanistan still cheered for the home team... and that's pretty amazing when you think about it.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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