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Rachel Washburn      

Army Intelligence Officer with a Special Ops Combat Unit in Afghanistan & Former Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader

Before the 25-year-old First Lieutenant joined the Army, she was a cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles.

After two tours of duty in Afghanistan, the team decided to honor her as one of their 'Hometown Heros' in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

During her four years in college, she watched tamer battles wage on Lincoln Financial Field but eventually traded her pom poms for an assault rifle after graduation.

During her two deployments in Afghanistan, Lt Washburn served on the Army's Cultural Support Team.

Lt Washburn explains that this group was created to help Special Operations troops who aren't allowed to engage with the local female population. Female soldiers are recruited to look out for the safety of the local women and children during these missions.

In her three years in the military, Ms Washburn has already earned the Bronze Star Medal; Army Commendation Medal; and the Combat, Airborne and Air Assault badges.

Lt Washburn is currently stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia as a platoon leader.

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