When a cheerleader living a comfortable life in Philadelphia becomes a soldier, it sure is some news. Even more so when she clenches her jaws and stands through the snow storms in Afghanistan to help the people there and relate to them while living in a mud-hut in a remote village.
Here is the inspiring and amazing story of Rachel Washburn, cheerleader-turned-soldier, who recently said, "Nothing motivates me more than being an example of what motivated females can be in the military. I just hope the military continues to progress and that skilled individuals get the opportunities available to them.” We think this braveheart deserves some recognition.
Of course Rachel's decision to join the army wasn't on a whim. While cheer-leading for the Eagles for three seasons, she was an Army ROTC student and history major at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Her father was an Army helicopter pilot and an Air Force fighter pilot. Shifting the home at different places for the family was therefore very common and Rachel says she'd moved 17 or 18 times while growing up. Yet she calls Philadelphia her home where she only attended her college.
After graduating, Rachel was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Army (she's now a 1st lieutenant stationed in Fort Stewart, Ga.). Although, she also went through paratrooper training, her role was military intelligence.