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American Supports You: Broncos Cheerleaders Rally Troops in Iraq

By Sgt. Waine D. Haley, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

TIKRIT, Iraq, July 20, 2006 – The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders came halfway around the globe to show that the troops mean the world to them. The cheerleaders performed for hundreds of soldiers July 16 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher here.

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Kelsey Vernon, a Denver Broncos Cheerleader, leads the way into a packed auditorium of soldiers July 16 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, near Tikrit, Iraq. Photo by Sgt. Waine D. Haley, USA

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"I think the fact that you have red, white and blue pumping through your veins is awesome," said Keela Harris, a Broncos cheerleader.

Another Broncos cheerleader, Kelsey Vernon, added that the troops deserve so much more, but the squad was glad to offer what they could.

The 12 ladies performed for two hours wearing different themed outfits and performing many energetic dance routines and skits for the appreciative troops.

"This is wonderful for them to come and perform for us. To let us know that people care, that's what it's all about," said Colorado native Army Sgt. William Rodgers, 501st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division.

Vernon said this is the cheerleaders' fourth show of 10 scheduled as part of the group's Middle East tour. They have already performed twice in Kuwait and twice in Iraq. The tour in Iraq will continue throughout July.

(Army Sgt. Waine D. Haley is assigned to the 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

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