Rachel Washburn: NFL cheerleader turned soldier

Updated 8:15 PM ET, Sun December 22, 2013
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U.S. Army 1st Lt. Rachel Washburn walks through a village while serving one of two military tours in Afghanistan. Washburn is a Bronze Star recipient and a former Philadelphia Eagles NFL cheerleader from 2007 to 2009. Washburn, who was raised in a military family, is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Eagles
Washburn is seen while serving one of two military tours in Afghanistan. She is now a member of the Army's new Cultural Support Program. Philadelphia Eagles
This is Washburn from her days as a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader. She said she made the team on her first tryout. Philadelphia Eagles
Washburn, center, worked with children and other villagers during two military tours of duty in Afghanistan. Philadelphia Eagles
Washburn says there's more to NFL cheerleading that people realize: "We are incredibly involved in the community, which is something that I am incredibly proud of." Philadelphia Eagles
Washburn walks a trail in Afghanistan, which she called a dangerous and stressful mission. Philadelphia Eagles
Washburn, standing at right in helicopter door, is seen on a Philadelphia Eagles goodwill tour of military units in Iraq. Philadelphia Eagles