Seven other Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, Miami Dolphins alumnus Shawn Wooden and I had the incredible opportunity to visit Egypt during our 17-day Super Bowl Tour around the Mediterranean.
Our first stop in Egypt was South Camp, home of an installment of the Multinational Force and Observers – MFO. With the responsibilities of keeping the peace in the Sinai between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel, we realized the importance of U.S. presence and other nations overseas.
The next morning started off with a tour as we visited the famous Herbs Beach located on base. Part of the Red Sea, Herbs Beach was straight out of a resort pamphlet. With coral reefs within feet of the shoreline, breathtaking views, and water activities available, Herbs Beach was one of the few luxuries our service men and women could take advantage of while being away from home. Later, we had the honor to have lunch with many different servicemen and women and hear their individual stories of home, deployments, and time spent overseas.
As a team, we cannot thank our service members enough for the sacrifices they make each and every day.
We rounded out the day with a two-mile trip into the town of Naama Bay, near Sharm el Sheikh. We were able to get a feel for the resort town as this bustling place had many souvenir shops, cafes, music and camels!
The following day we performed on the O’Deuce amphitheater stage with the Red Sea as our backdrop. This was an honor beyond words, because this stage was named in remembrance for fallen heroes involved in a plane crash returning from their MFO deployment. We treated South Camp to a high-energy show with crowd involvement; giveaways, and great music. After the show we took photos and had the opportunity to chat and learn more about the troops of South Camp.
Finally, Super Bowl day arrived. The team and I were up bright and early to headed to North Camp, the largest installation of the MFO, for our Super Bowl show. We were lucky enough to travel via Sherpa and see the incredible landscape of the mountains, the Red Sea and the scenery between South and North Camp. We settled in and had the opportunity to meet with soldiers from North Camp and learn more about their lives.
We rocked our Super Bowl Show on a beautifully lighted elevated stage for the soldiers of North Camp. A seven-hour time difference would not deter us from viewing Super Bowl XLVII! We stayed up all night glued to the screen, even when the power went out, waiting to see who would be Super Bowl champs.
This was an incredible opportunity to really get to know some U.S. soldiers who risk their lives to make our world a more secure place.
Our objective was to boost moral and thank our everyday heros. I feel confident that my teammates and I succeeded!
A special thanks to Major Mark Almond, SSG Elliot Westbrook, SSG William Jones, CPT Mike Rush, Captain Tasha McCullar and many other special heros we met for making this trip so memorable.
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Salute our troops…Thank you!