The trip to Afghanistan was definitely one to remember. Before departing, I checked the weather and to my surprise it was snowing! I bet most people probably don’t even realize it snows in Afghanistan. We were all pretty excited to get to see and play in the snow!
Our first stop was Manas, in Kyrgyzstan, which is a transient center for military either getting ready to go into Afghanistan or getting ready to make the long journey back to the states. At around 1 a.m. we boarded a C130 military aircraft suited up in our amour and helmets and headed to Afghanistan. We arrived in Mazar-e-sharif, Camp John Pratt around 3 a.m. It was very cold and rainy so we headed to our tents to get some rest. To our surprise, everything was covered in a blanket of snow when we awoke!
During our stay, we got to experience some pretty awesome things such as riding in a black hawk, Chinook, and getting a tour of the base and learning about the great work our military is doing over there.
It was also so much fun performing for the troops. We had four performances during our stay and it was a nice way to entertain the troops and get their minds off of their jobs for a little while. We also got to watch the Super Bowl with them! We awoke at 3 a.m. and headed over to the USO tent and enjoyed the game and watched everyone cheer on their favorite team.
The most memorable part of the trip was sitting down with the troops everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and being able to gain insight on being in the armed forces from their perspective. Their daily routines, the families they have left behind to fight for our country and the determination they have to keep pushing forward until their mission is complete.
This was truly a humbling experience and we are so grateful to Armed Forces Entertainment for sending us over. The other cheerleaders and I feel extremely honored to have had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We live in the best country in the world and we must never forget the brave men and women who are fighting for it.