PHOTOS: Oakland Raiderettes take a spin around MND-B

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By Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell and Staff Sgt. James Selesnick

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Fluker Jr., battalion maintenance technician assigned to Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, poses with Oakland Raiderettes, at the DSTB motor pool.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Fluker Jr., battalion maintenance technician assigned to Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, poses with Oakland Raiderettes, at the DSTB motor pool.

BAGHDAD – Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Fluker Jr., of Anniston, Ala., the battalion maintenance technician assigned to Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, poses with Oakland Raiderettes, at the DSTB motor pool.

“That was a great morale booster,” Fluker said. “Any time you get people who take time out of their busy lives to come over and visit Soldiers, it boosts morale.” (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, MND-B PAO)

Paratroopers assigned to 82nd Airborne Division, get autographs from the NFL Oakland Raiders cheerleaders at Joint Security Station Loyalty.
Paratroopers assigned to 82nd Airborne Division, get autographs from the NFL Oakland Raiders cheerleaders at Joint Security Station Loyalty.

BAGHDAD – Paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, get autographs from the NFL’s Oakland Raiders cheerleaders at Joint Security Station Loyalty located in the 9 Nissan district of eastern Baghdad.

The Raiderettes signed autographs and took pictures during a meet and greet session before performing a show, which included several dance routines and other activities. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. James Selesnick, 982nd Combat Camera Co.)

82nd Airborne Paratroopers compete in a pushup competition during a Morale, Welfare and Recreation event at Joint Security Station Loyalty after Raiderettes challenged Paratroopers to do 100 push ups.
82nd Airborne Paratroopers compete in a pushup competition during a Morale, Welfare and Recreation event at Joint Security Station Loyalty after Raiderettes challenged Paratroopers to do 100 push-ups.

BAGHDAD – Paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad compete in a push-up competition during a Morale, Welfare and Recreation event at Joint Security Station Loyalty, located in the 9 Nissan district of eastern Baghdad.

Cheerleaders from the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, also known as the ‘Raiderettes’, challenged Paratroopers to do 100 push-ups as the audience cheered them on. The show at JSS Loyalty was the last one the Raiderettes performed during their two week of Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. James Selesnick, 982nd Combat Camera Co.)

Spc. Ikram Mansori, of San Francisco, Calif., does her best cheerleader impression during the Raiderettes show at Joint Security Station Loyalty.
Spc. Ikram Mansori, of San Francisco, Calif., does her best cheerleader impression during the Raiderettes show at Joint Security Station Loyalty.

BAGHDAD -Spc. Ikram Mansori, of San Francisco, Calif., assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, does her best cheerleader impression during the Raiderettes show at Joint Security Station Loyalty, located in the 9 Nissan district of eastern Baghdad.

The Raiderettes signed autographs and took pictures during a meet and greet session before performing a show, which included several dance routines and other activities involving Paratroopers. The show was part of the Army’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation across Iraq.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. James Selesnick, 982nd Combat Camera Co.)

82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers dance with cheerleaders from the NFL Oakland Raiders.
82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers dance with cheerleaders from the NFL Oakland Raiders.

BAGHDAD – Paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, dance with cheerleaders from the NFL’s Oakland Raiders during a Morale, Welfare and Recreation event at Joint Security Station Loyalty, located in the 9 Nissan district of eastern Baghdad., The cheerleaders, known as the ‘Raiderettes’ did several dance routines before inviting some Paratroopers to come on stage and dance along with them.

The show at JSS Loyalty was the last one the Raiderettes performed during their two week MWR tour of Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. James Selesnick, 982nd Combat Camera Co.)

Pfc. Chance McPike, of Troy, Mo., a 1st Cavalry generator mechanic, waits for autographs from the Oakland Raiderettes.
Pfc. Chance McPike, of Troy, Mo., a 1st Cavalry generator mechanic, waits for autographs from the Oakland Raiderettes.

BAGHDAD – Pfc. Chance McPike, of Troy, Mo., a generator mechanic assigned to Headquarters Support Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, waits for autographs from the Oakland Raiderettes.

The Raiderettes, cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders NFL team, were in Baghdad to visit Soldiers. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, MND-B PAO)

By Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell and Staff Sgt. James Selesnick

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