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RACHEL WASHBURN

Former NFL Cheerleader | Former Army Intel CPT

& Plank-holding Member of Spec-Ops Cultural Support Team 

 

 

Rachel Washburn is a 2010 graduate of Drexel University and a former U.S. Army Captain. While enrolled at Drexel, Rachel spent three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as a professional cheerleader in addition to being a full-time student and ROTC Scholarship Cadet.

 

After graduation, Rachel commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and served six years on active duty as an Intelligence Officer, deploying twice to Afghanistan; first as a member of the pioneer Cultural Support Team (CST) and second as an Intelligence Platoon Leader. As a member of the CST program, Rachel was one of the first women selected to train and deploy with Special Operations teams to Afghanistan. On her CST deployment, Rachel spent nine months living in a remote village in Southern Afghanistan with a Special Forces team, training local security forces and conducting over 100 combat operations.

 

Following her combat tours, Rachel was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge. Since leaving the Army in 2016, Rachel has continued her pursuit in addressing global security and instability, most recently acting as a Regional Director with a nonprofit focused on bringing relief in the wake of disasters and armed conflicts.

 

Rachel is currently an Associate of Geopolitical Strategy at Academy Securities, a Disabled Veteran Owned Investment Bank.

 

 

 

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