• Five cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams of St. Louis, Miss. toured the Ninewah province Feb. 18, making appearances at combat outposts and forward operating bases throughout the region. "We went to some small COPs today, which is really special because there are less than 100 Soldiers there, so it's more personable," said Sheila Edwards, the Multi National Division - North representative for the Multi National Corps - Iraq Morale, Wellfare and Recreation officer. After the first leg of their all-day flight on UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, the girls were surprised by the wind inside the cabin of the bird.

    Five cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams of...

    Five cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams of St. Louis, Miss. toured the Ninewah province Feb. 18, making appearances at combat outposts and forward operating bases throughout the region. "We went to some small COPs today, which is really special...

  • The St. Louis Rams cheerleaders of St. Louis, Miss. visited combat outpost Apache and it's Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team in Ninewah province, Iraq Feb. 18 as part of their tour of the region. Besides signing posters, the girls were offered t-shirts, a football and later, even signed the side of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

    The St. Louis Rams cheerleaders of St. Louis...

    The St. Louis Rams cheerleaders of St. Louis, Miss. visited combat outpost Apache and it's Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team in Ninewah province, Iraq Feb. 18 as part of their tour of the region. Besides...

  • Three cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams of St. Louis, Miss. take pictures of combat outpost Courage's main building, a palace that was at one time inhabited by one of Saddam Hussein's daughters in Mosul, Iraq. The grounds are now used by assets of 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment as their headquarters and living area. The cheerleaders toured the Ninewa province Feb. 18, meeting Soldiers with the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division that don't live on the main forward operating bases or have access to commodities that those FOBs boast.

    Three cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams of...

    Three cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams of St. Louis, Miss. take pictures of combat outpost Courage's main building, a palace that was at one time inhabited by one of Saddam Hussein's daughters in Mosul, Iraq. The grounds are now used by assets of...

  • Danielle Hogan, one of five St. Louis Rams cheerleaders of St. Louis, Miss. that visited Ninewah province Feb. 18, smiles big for the camera among the hustle and bustle of a meet and greet session at combat outpost Courage in Mosul, Iraq. The cheerleaders paid visits to the portion of Soldiers with 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division that are tasked to live and work outside the safe confines of the main forward operating base in Mosul, FOB Marez. These Soldiers are more isolated from home than even their comrades ten miles across town because of their location deep within the city.

    Danielle Hogan, one of five St. Louis Rams...

    Danielle Hogan, one of five St. Louis Rams cheerleaders of St. Louis, Miss. that visited Ninewah province Feb. 18, smiles big for the camera among the hustle and bustle of a meet and greet session at combat outpost Courage in Mosul, Iraq. The...

  • Cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams of St. Louis, Miss. are a stark contrast to the neutral colored fatigues that are normally seen at forward operating base Sykes near Taji, Iraq. The girls stopped here for lunch after a long morning of touring the Ninewah province under the guidance of Sheila Edwards and her coworkers with the Multi National Division - North Morale, Wellfare and Recreation office Feb. 18.

    Cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams of St...

    Cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams of St. Louis, Miss. are a stark contrast to the neutral colored fatigues that are normally seen at forward operating base Sykes near Taji, Iraq. The girls stopped here for lunch after a long morning of touring the...

  • Spc. Garry Beals, with D Troop, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment from McPherson, Kan., has posters signed by five cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams. The cheerleaders ate lunch at the dining facility on forward operating base Sykes near Taji, Iraq before taking their seats at a long white table complete with navy and gold trimmings, the Ram's official colors.

    Spc. Garry Beals, with D Troop, 6th Squadron...

    Spc. Garry Beals, with D Troop, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment from McPherson, Kan., has posters signed by five cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams. The cheerleaders ate lunch at the dining facility on forward operating base Sykes near Taji, Iraq...

  • Despite a chilly wind blowing across the forward operating base Sykes airfield, the five cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams that visited Ninewah province, Iraq bit the nail in belly baring uniforms for a photo with their flight crew. The girls stopped at four locations Feb. 18, covering a majority of the province and focusing on Soldiers at remote locations who aren't privy to some of the things that major FOBs boast like fast food and a post exchange.

    Despite a chilly wind blowing across the...

    Despite a chilly wind blowing across the forward operating base Sykes airfield, the five cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams that visited Ninewah province, Iraq bit the nail in belly baring uniforms for a photo with their flight crew. The girls...

MOSUL, Iraq - Five cheerleaders with the St. Louis Rams traveled to the Ninewah province, Iraq Feb. 18 to visit Soldiers deployed there. Besides visiting two major forward operating bases in the area, the focus of the trip was to reach out to the servicemembers embedded within cities or in remote areas that aren't in contact with major FOBs and the commodities that they boast.

"I didn't know what to expect coming over here, so it's a lot of nerves and we're all anxious and really excited to come over here, so it's been amazing," said Christa Marx, one of the five cheerleaders. "It's definitely the opportunity of a lifetime. We're seeing a lot of things that the people at home aren't able to see."

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