Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader Succeeds as Army Intelligence Officer

Rachel Washburn spent two tours of duty in Afghanistan on a special mission to help local women.
3:00 | 12/22/13

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:



Skip to this video now

Now Playing:


Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader Succeeds as Army Intelligence Officer
of an nfl cheerleader who went from the football field to the battle field as part of a special ops combat unit in afghanistan. The team that that she cheered before her service, philadelphia eagles will honor her service. Abc's linzie janis has her story. Reporter: This amazing young woman was leading a platoon of 22 in afghanistan just weeks ago and in an exclusive interview she tells why she decided to ditch her pom poms for a pistol. Just back from a second tour in afghanistan, this 25-year-old will be named hometown hero in a ceremony during tonight's philadelphia eagles game. In 2009, washburn gave up her career as a cheerleader for the team to become an officer in the u.S. Army. I was always going to join the military. They're not exactly the same. But both jobs require you to handle stress. Reporter: In college, she juggled both identities. When she came back, she didn't miss a beat. She knew all of the dances. She was doing everything. Reporter: But after graduation, her love of country won out. Washburn deployed to afghanistan in 2011 as part of a cultural support team, her mission -- winning the hearts and minds of women in afghanistan. Trying to create a bond with them was always our main objective. We talked a lot about head scarves and makeup sxwlr washburn and another female officer were attached to a special forces unit. She fought in a remote and dangerous mountain area, where two other female officers died. Their sacrifice just means so much to me and to other women. Reporter: Washburn said that she's following in her dad's foot steps, a retired air force fighter pilot. What she was doing was not safe. You don't want your own kid to go. Reporter: Washburn has a year left on her current military contract. Perhaps law school after that and a career as a human rights lawyer. What an inspiration. She has a boyfriend, dan. I know that you're married. That's not dangerous, given that I'm married. Not to worry, honey. Not to worry. She's remarkable. Thanks, linzie. Now to a moment of honesty followed by a moment of greed,

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"id":21302305,"title":"Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader Succeeds as Army Intelligence Officer","duration":"3:00","description":"Rachel Washburn spent two tours of duty in Afghanistan on a special mission to help local women.","url":"/GMA/video/philadelphia-eagles-cheerleaders-succeeds-army-intelligence-officer-21302305","section":"GMA","mediaType":"default"}