• Members of the Arizona Cardinals cheerleading team sign autographs for Soldiers and their families at Freedom Crossing Dec. 15.

    Cheerleaders sign autographs for troops

    Members of the Arizona Cardinals cheerleading team sign autographs for Soldiers and their families at Freedom Crossing Dec. 15.

  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Huram Torres, the maintenance technician for 47th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, looks on and enjoys the holiday themed show provided by the Arizona Cardinal cheerleading squad outside Freedom Crossing Dec. 15. The squad was at Fort Bliss to spread some holiday cheer to servicemembers and their families.

    Cardinals fan enjoys the show

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Huram Torres, the maintenance technician for 47th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, looks on and enjoys the holiday themed show provided by the Arizona Cardinal cheerleading squad outside Freedom...

  • A member of the Arizona Cardinals cheerleading squad dances on stage with children from the Armed Services YMCA outside Freedom Crossing Dec. 15. The squad was at Fort Bliss to spread some holiday cheer to servicemembers and their families.

    Cheerleaders dance with kids

    A member of the Arizona Cardinals cheerleading squad dances on stage with children from the Armed Services YMCA outside Freedom Crossing Dec. 15. The squad was at Fort Bliss to spread some holiday cheer to servicemembers and their families.

  • Members of the Arizona Cardinals cheerleading squad on stage outside Freedom Crossing Dec. 15. The squad was at Fort Bliss to spread some holiday cheer to servicemembers and their families.

    Cheerleaders dance for the troops

    Members of the Arizona Cardinals cheerleading squad on stage outside Freedom Crossing Dec. 15. The squad was at Fort Bliss to spread some holiday cheer to servicemembers and their families.

  • Members of the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleading squad pose with Soldiers preparing to deploy to Afghanistand outside Freedom Crossing Dec. 15. The members of the squad were at Fort Bliss to spread some holiday cheer to servicemembes and their families.

    Cheerleaders pose with the troops

    Members of the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleading squad pose with Soldiers preparing to deploy to Afghanistand outside Freedom Crossing Dec. 15. The members of the squad were at Fort Bliss to spread some holiday cheer to servicemembes and their families.

  • Members of the Arizona Cardinals cheerleading squad on stage outside Freedom Crossing Dec. 15. The squad was at Fort Bliss to spread some holiday cheer to servicemembers and their families.

    Cheerleaders perform for the troops

    Members of the Arizona Cardinals cheerleading squad on stage outside Freedom Crossing Dec. 15. The squad was at Fort Bliss to spread some holiday cheer to servicemembers and their families.

Team Bliss welcomed members of the NFLs Arizona Cardinals cheerleading team to Freedom Crossing, Dec. 15.
Members of the team posed for pictures and signed autographs for servicemembers and their families.
Travelling and visiting servicemembers and their families has had a huge impact on the team, said Erin, one of the cheerleaders.
"Nobody close to me is in the military," said Erin. "I was a little ignorant. I now look at the flag differently. Knowing the sacrifices the servicemembers make, I now appreciate where I come from so much more."
"I am really humbled by this experience," said Tessa, a rookie with the squad. "I don't have the courage to do what these men and women do. If the best I can do is bring some cheer to them, then I am more than happy to try and do my part."
Team Bliss members were happy to have the cheerleaders.
"This is awesome that they support the troops," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Huram Torres, the maintenance technician for 47th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, who is also from Phoenix and a Cardinals fan. "Something like this is really good for morale for the troops."
"To have beautiful women come here and thank us is very nice," said Spc. Joseph Byerhof, a track vehicle mechanic for 47th BSB. "Not everyone has that luxury."
Later in the evening, the team put on a variety show for Team Bliss with the holiday theme "A Christmas Carol," that included participation from children in the audience.
The team is hoping that the visit can turn into an annual event at Fort Bliss.
Members of the squad visited The Children's Hospital at Providence in El Paso the day prior.

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