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Seahawks cheerleader doubles as Air Force first lieutenant

Jay Busbee
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Seahawks cheerleader and Air Force first lieutenant Alicia Quaco

Cheerleading is a visible profession but not a full-time one. Count Seahawks "Sea Gal" Alicia Quaco among those who use their time away from the field in highly productive ways.

Quaco, 25, is a first lieutenant in the Air Force. A graduate of the Air Force Academy, she had some work to do to convince her superiors that part-timing as a Sea Gal was a good use of her time.

“I told them it’s good for recruitment. It shows that the Air Force is well-rounded, that we can do other things, too. It’s great for women recruits to know that,” Quaco told the New York Post. “Ultimately, they ended up agreeing.”

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U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant Alicia Quaco

Most of Quaco's 31 cheerleader teammates work in fields such as fitness or fashion. But Quaco came from a military family and opted for a role in the Armed Services.

Quaco's story is reminiscent of Rachel Washburn, a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader who later worked in Army intelligence. The Eagles honored Washburn earlier this season as part of their "Hometown Heroes" program.

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