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    Philadelphia Eagles Honor Cheerleader Turned Soldier

    Rachel Washburn once carried pompoms. Now she carries an M4 carbine.

    The military brat who became an NFL cheerleader is today a first lieutenant in the United States Army.

    On Sunday, she was honored as a Hometown Hero by the Philadelphia Eagles, the team she cheered for from 2007 to 2009.

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

    It was a dangerous and stressful job, where she would go on missions with special operations forces and help search and talk to Afghan women and children.

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