Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Former Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader Saluted For Her Military Service; Want To Enlist? Questions For Your Recruiter; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

"She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails."...Elizabeth Edwards

1st Lt. Rachel Washburn, Former Eagles Cheerleader, Honored For Her Service

1st. Lt. Washburn, 25,  traded in her cheerleader uniform for an Army uniform after cheerleading for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2007-2009. The change in careers was not a difficult one for Washburn. Her father was a Army chopper pilot and an Air Force fighter pilot. One can confidently say her career choice is part of her DNA.

After graduation, Washburn became a commissioned second lieutenant in the Army. She went through paratrooper training and now works in military intelligence. She served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. During her second deployment, she served as a platoon leader.

Her military citations and awards include the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge and Air Assault Badge.

It's clear Lt. Washburn feels safer carrying a military assault rifle instead of pom-poms.

USA Today, UK Daily Mail

What To Ask Your Recruiter

Anyone planning on enlisting in the military has many questions. Just as any job interview, most people think of questions they should have asked during the interview. The same phenomena occurs after an interview with a recruiter. Let's review several questions one should always ask of their military recruiter.

  • When do I take the ASVAB---the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery? Timing is important. Most recruits should set aside enough time to prepare for this test.
  • How soon will I leave for basic training? Remember, you won't leave for basic training after you enlist. In addition to the test, you must also qualify medically. It's important you let your recruiter know when you can leave for basic training, e.g., after graduation.
  • When will I get my job assignment? This usually depends on the branch of service.
  • What documents do I need when starting the recruitment process? This list will include, but not be limited to, your driver's license, Social Security card, birth certificate, transcripts, marriage license, medical documents and court documents. You will be asked for a complete medical and legal history. Be honest with your recruiter regarding both.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was founded in 1992 to lead a nationwide effort to honor fallen firefighters. The Foundation also provides resources to assist their survivors including a variety of support programs and scholarships.

Consider donating by contacting: 301.447.1365 or go to their website:


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