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Weird But True

This Girl Was An Eagles Cheerleader, Now She’s With A Special Ops Combat Unit In Afghanistan

NOTE: This post was originally published on December 20th, but it’s one of my favorite stories of the year, and I felt it deserved a New Year’s day re-publish. Enjoy, if you haven’t already. And if you have already enjoyed it, re-enjoy the slideshow. There is plenty of re-enjoyment to be had.

Eagles Cheerleader Soldier Afghanistan

Stories like this are the lifeblood of the blogosphere. They’re the lifeblood of America. Rachel Washburn used to be an NFL cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles. Now, she’s “an Army intelligence officer with a special ops combat unit in Afghanistan.”


She was a pioneer in a special mission to relate to local women in ways that would be culturally inappropriate for male troops — including helping deliver an Afghan baby in a snowstorm. Washburn, 25, who recently returned from her second tour in Afghanistan, will be honored Sunday night as a “Hometown Hero” by the Eagles at their home game against the Chicago Bears.

She must’ve just been cheering, been like “fuck this,” and joined the Army on a whim.

She didn’t join the Army on a whim.

Fuck, never mind.

Supposeduly her dad was in the army and Air Force, and she went to Drexel. She won lots of awards there. She’s cool. She is the inspiration for this slideshow. A big thanks to Barstool for the photos.

(And since you read this far, you obviously enjoy cheerleaders. Because of this, you will probably want to see our compilation of cheerleaders from all four major American sports wishing you a Happy Holiday Season.)

  • Jerry Baustian


  • jim

    She (and I) are lucky she’s not my daughter, I would fly to Afghanistan and remove from this totally useless war.

  • Jbkorn02

    All she has to do is go flash the enemy and jump around. They will all stand up to get a better look since in the places we send out troops they don’t see girls like this. Once they do snipers take them out. You can even put her in bullet proof glass like the pope’s car and drive around luring these men out who have never seen a topless woman.

  • Jbkorn02

    Anyone in Congress or our entire administration who votes for or decides to go to war or invade any other country for any reason other than self defense should be forced to have one of their children or grandchildren in the military on the front lines. Imagine how much we would stay out of wars if one of the President’s daughters would have to go to the front lines.

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