On the first of February, I boarded a C12 plane and ventured to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with five other Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders (Samantha, Melissa, Kasey, Georgia, and Tori). This short trip was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. When we arrived in GTMO, we were greeted by Captain Nettleton, the base’s commanding officer. He gave us a brief history of the base and showed us the American/Cuban lines.
Our second day in GTMO was filled with meet and greets. I had the opportunity to meet our U.S. Coast Guards and was able to tour their new transportable port security boat. I was informed that the new boat had not been named, so I called it Miss America. We then went on a boat ride and toured the American lines. The water was so blue and the waves were huge! We saw several iguanas on the land and banana rats (they look like giant squirrels) in the trees. After our Coast Guard tour, Samantha and I did an interview at Radio GTMO to let everyone on the base know that we would be performing at the restaurant, O’Kellys before the Super Bowl. That evening we took a ride on LCDR Armstrong’s yacht and ended the day bowing with the military. Tori was awesome at bowling! She had several strikes and beat majority of the guys.
On our last day in GTMO, we had meet and greets with the U.S Army, Navy, and Marines. We took a tour of the detainment camps with Admiral John Smith. I had no idea this military base had so much history. It was a great learning experience and reflection time. After our tour, we went to get ready for our performance. We had a blast dancing for our military and signing autographs after our performance.
This trip was an amazing opportunity for me and my fellow MDC’s. Thank you for having us GTMO and a special thanks to the men and women in our U.S. military. Your time and sacrifice is greatly appreciated.