NFL cheerleader turned Army Officer comes home from Afghanistan

From cheerleader to Army Officer.
From cheerleader to Army Officer.

A whole new meaning to “Hot Landing Zone”

It’s not everyday that a young lady makes an NFL franchise’s cheerleading squad, or earns an Officer’s Commission in the United States Army, or even delivers a baby in an Afghan mud hut during a raging snowstorm.

Yet that’s exactly what Rachel Washburn has done as reported on Dec. 20, 2013 by USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the sports news portal PlayersView.com.

1st Lieutenant  Washburn of the Army’s Military Intelligence Corps has just returned to her Ft. Stewart, Georgia home base after completing her tour of duty in Afghanistan where she served on a “Culture Support Team,” in which American Servicewomen attempt to reach out and communicate with Afghan women in a culture that would just as soon beat their womenfolk for as much as speaking to any American or Allied Serviceman.1387500911000-XXX-a-Rachel-serving-in-Afghanistan

Perhaps the best example the young Lieutenant Washburn could have done in both winning hearts and minds as well as leadership by example were her actions during a raging snowstorm in an isolated Afghan village.

As reported, a local woman went into labor, but no doctor or midwife was available.

With the woman’s husband refusing to allow any men lay eyes on his wife sans burka and obviously nearly naked, so the former Drexel University Dragon and other soldiers took the woman in a military vehicle to their unit’s mud hut.

On a military radio, a Special Forces Medic helped them deliver the baby.

Rachel“Everything was successful,” Lt. Washburn said. “Her husband gave us a little trinket. He was so grateful to have a boy.”

With Washburn’s obligated 4-year hitch coming to a close, she has stated that she very well may put “a few more years” into her Army service.

But not until she is honored as a “Hometown Hero” by the Eagles at this week-end’s home game against the Chicago Bears.

What Americans Value…

With the exception of a few vets who were recently on various practice squads, currently there are no active players on any of the NFL teams who have ever served in the Armed Forces, much less ever set foot in an officially designated Combat Zone.

The average salary for a player in the NFL is $1.9 million per year.

The average take-home-pay for those in the Armed Forces, from Private/Seaman Recruit to any 4 star Flag Officer, is roughly $40,000 a year.

Lt. Washburn doing what none of the alleged men in the NFL have ever done.
Lt. Washburn doing what none of the alleged men in the NFL have ever done.

25 thoughts on “NFL cheerleader turned Army Officer comes home from Afghanistan

  1. It takes special people to be volunteers in our military forces. She honors that tradition. She is simply a soldier. That makes her awesome!

  2. “Lt. Washburn doing what none of the alleged men in the NFL have ever done.”

    Way to go Washburn!!! We love our vets…but why throw jabs at the NFL players? There are many people of other professions who have not volunteered. For that fact have YOU volunteered? What a dumb jab!

    1. I fact, I have. I volunteered as a 17-yr-old kid and retired from the Marine Corps many, many years later.

      And if you have to ask why I question the manhood of certain individuals who make almost $2 million a year to play a game instead of any minimum service to their nation, then you have bigger problems than I could ever address.

      But I digress, if I so desire to take a swipe at NFL players (and their false patriotism when the National Anthem is played), that’s up to me.

      1. I agree with the original poster. It’s a lame jab and uncalled for. So you are throwing under the bus any person who has not served? Wow, you need a LOT of room under the bus. It’s great that you served, but that doesn’t give you the right to call out every person in America who hasn’t. By your logic, no football player has a right to play and earn his salary without first enlisting. And why stop with the NFL? Maybe no doctor, attorney, office manager, electrician, contractor, business owner, etc. has a right to go earn a good living for themselves and their family either without also putting time in the military.

        And in case the irony is lost on you, the reason they’re able to make $2M a year is because of the culture and free market economy that you helped defend. Again, thank you for your service, but stop looking down on the rest of us. Everyone has a right to choose their own path without being judged by others who chose differently. Your service alone does not set the standard for everyone else’s life. NFL players are not beneath you just because they didn’t enlist.

        1. You don’t agree with me, Michael… and that’s OK. Thanks for checking out the article and commenting. You make some very valid points. I guess were going to have to agree to disagree, but reasonable men can do so. Agreed?

        2. Spoken like a man who didn’t serve. Those who serve are more special than you can imagine. They come home and we are shaken by their speech or exacerbated patriotism, why they walked the walk. They took your place and stood your watch, while you enter the voting booth and press #1 because you are sheep and eat up the shit our government is passing off as EO.
          She has earned the right to get pissed, speak out and not accept the liberal/socialists agenda.

  3. DEAR LT.
    JUST WANTED TO SAY GOD LOVE YA. ITS YOUR KIND OF AMERICAN THAT HAS THIS COUNTRY WHERE IT IS. THANKS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL OUR TROOPS AND SAILORS
    HJM

  4. Well done, LT!
    I’m proud of soldiers like you.
    I was privileged to serve with many cut from the same bolt of cloth. I hope that you do put a few more years in the Army.

  5. Thanks for posting, great article that highlights one of my grievances with NFL. I’ve seen players acting ridiculous during our national anthem and it bothers me. Just my opinion, thank you for succinctly stating several of my feelings. Regards – Doc

  6. I would like to know where in the armed forces you are able to wear dangling earrings and get french manicures done in a ‘desert’ land. We dont need fame or had fame become a service member. We do it for our Country and not publicity. Good on you but I am calling bluff.

    1. Not to mention the pic of that headscarf and M4. Not very good for peripheral vision. Never a good thing to lose in a tactical situation.

  7. I HAVE TO GRAND DAUGHTERS WHO ARE LTS IN THE ARMY. IAM PROUD OF THEM AND KNOW THEY WILL CARRY ON DTHE MISSION OF THE ARMED SERVICES. YOU LT HAVE PROVED WHAT IT ALL ABOUT AS A MEMBER OF OUR ARMED SERVICES.

  8. Thank you LT, I appreciate your service. But to say no one else from the NFL has served is wrong, let us not forget Pat Tillman. I commend you both.

    Uncle Frank

  9. Beg to disagree. Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman left the NFL to serve and be killed in Afganistan.

  10. Excuse me but has everybody forgotten Pat Tillman who passed up a $3 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals then died in Afghanistan after several tours of dirty duty as an army ranger in 2002

  11. Actually your comment was “Lt. Washburn doing what none of the alleged men in the NFL have ever done.” Pat Tillman had done before, and he did it well as an Army Ranger! Don’t try and back out with saying *Currently*, and your $40k average salary is way off! Try a Seaman or Private starts at about $12k and at the top of the enlisted scale Master Chief or E-9 they are at about $60k! And don’t get me started about what an O-1 makes in comparison to an E-1!

    1. I’m not backing out of anything. The original article said “currently,” don’t get mad at me for your inability to read that from the git-go. I also suggest you get out a dictionary and read what the definition of “average” means. Like the article stated, from Private/Seaman Recruit to a 4 star Flag officer, the *average* pay is $40,000. Just like the article said.

      BTW, Pay-Grade E-1 makes over $18K a year. I suggest you actually do some research before commenting.

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