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Old 12-21-2013, 10:30 AM
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On Sunday night, the Philadelphia Eagles will honor one of their own, a former cheerleader who has served two tours in Afghanistan as an Army intelligence officer.

Rachel Washburn, age 25, hasn't had a typical career path, to put it mildly. She joined the Eagles' cheerleading squad from 2007 to 2009 while a student at Drexel University. After graduation, she joined the Army and participated in paratrooper training while ultimately following a path into military intelligence.

Washburn served as part of a Cultural Support Team designed to attach women to existing special ops units with the express purpose of relating more effectively to local women.

"I was always seen as somebody they could relate to and not this American imposter who brings my values to that country," Washburn told USA Today. "We kind of noticed that women everywhere share certain similarities. They obviously care about their home, their children. Women everywhere love pretty things. So if we wore a pretty head scarf, it would be like an icebreaker."

Among her more notable achievements, Washburn helped deliver a baby in a snowstorm. She indicated that her awards included the Bronze Star Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, a Combat Action Badge, an Airborne Badge and an Air Assault Badge.

Washburn began her training while she was still a cheerleader for the Eagles, a position she held from 2007-2009. She is following in her fathers footsteps, as Washburn's dad was an Army helicopter pilot and an Air Force fighter pilot.

Washburn has approximately a year left on her obligation to the Army, but indicated she may extend her service to address other issues such as gender equality.

The Eagles will honor Washburn as part of their "Hometown Heroes" program during Sunday night's game against Chicago.


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Awesome! She is way better looking than the Army girls I served with.
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Eagles cheerleader? She was already numb to any atrocities she might encounter in Afghanistan.
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Awesome job, but a small but very important point, Special Ops Support.
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Awesome job, but a small but very important point, Special Ops Support.
The other important point... Combat Action Badge.
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A Bronze Star is very selective and prestigious. Look it up.
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Wow 5 accommodations in less than 4 years. Something tells me she might to want to fight too hard for gender equality. Sounds like they set her up to be a spokesperson.
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Wow 5 accommodations in less than 4 years. Something tells me she might to want to fight too hard for gender equality. Sounds like they set her up to be a spokesperson.
That's why I held back on my last responses.
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Thanks Semper Fi! And I thought my husband was just having fun with the boys!
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A Bronze Star is very selective and prestigious. Look it up.
No disrespect to her service but having worked with the services for so long I tend to be a little cynical. Is it possible her awards were politically motivated
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No disrespect to her service but having worked with the services for so long I tend to be a little cynical. Is it possible her awards were politically motivated
I know, I may be a bit sensitive about this. Do you know what kind of vest she is wearing? AMMO!!!
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She makes me smile.
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that's about as badass as it gets...
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I know, I may be a bit sensitive about this. Do you know what kind of vest she is wearing? AMMO!!!
Yeah I know she's all gucci'd up
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I'd decline the award if presented by U know who ...

But she is to be commended ...
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What a terrific woman. Thumbs up and a big thanks to her.

Oh, and btw, she is indeed hot.
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All officers and usually e-7s and above are given bronze stars as their end of tour award. It doesn't make her special in the least. If you wanna see some special female Soldiers there have been some awarded the silver star for merc'ing bad dudes. Most are mp's.
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