Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders visit CAFB families during USO tour

Members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform a routine for people at the Youth Center Dec. 4, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Following their routine, the cheerleaders performed a Cheer to Fitness Clinic for children who attended. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform a routine for people at the Youth Center Dec. 4, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Following their routine, the cheerleaders performed a Cheer to Fitness Clinic for children who attended. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Staff Sgt. Zachary Kunkler, 14th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, and his daughter, Emrie, speak with Kelsey, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Dec. 4, 2017, at the Exchange on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The cheerleaders met with Airmen and their families throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Staff Sgt. Zachary Kunkler, 14th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, and his daughter, Emrie, speak with Kelsey, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Dec. 4, 2017, at the Exchange on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The cheerleaders met with Airmen and their families throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Jay Johnson, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader fitness trainer, calls out the time during the Cheer to Fitness Clinic Dec. 4, 2017, at the Youth Center on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The clinic was organized by the cheerleaders and was part of their visit to the base which also included a tour on the flight line, meet-and-greet at the Exchange and military working dog demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Jay Johnson, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader fitness trainer, calls out the time during the Cheer to Fitness Clinic Dec. 4, 2017, at the Youth Center on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The clinic was organized by the cheerleaders and was part of their visit to the base which also included a tour on the flight line, meet-and-greet at the Exchange and military working dog demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading squad watches as Tech. Sgt. Karl Stenfanowicz, 14th Security Forces Squadron Kennel Master, commands Nnora, 14th SFS military working dog, to attack Staff Sgt. Zachary Kunkler, 14th SFS MWD handler, during a live demonstration Dec. 4, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Ten members of the squad were selected to participate in a USO tour across U.S. Air Force bases throughout the winter holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading squad watches as Tech. Sgt. Karl Stenfanowicz, 14th Security Forces Squadron Kennel Master, commands Nnora, 14th SFS military working dog, to attack Staff Sgt. Zachary Kunkler, 14th SFS MWD handler, during a live demonstration Dec. 4, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Ten members of the squad were selected to participate in a USO tour across U.S. Air Force bases throughout the winter holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

Maggie, a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, participates in a hand-to-hand combat simulation with Senior Airman Jasson Adamson, 14th Security Forces Squadron unit trainer, and Tech. Sgt. Miguel Stewart, 14th SFS NCO in Charge of Training, Dec. 4, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The demonstration was part of a tour visit the cheerleaders made to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

Maggie, a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, participates in a hand-to-hand combat simulation with Senior Airman Jasson Adamson, 14th Security Forces Squadron unit trainer, and Tech. Sgt. Miguel Stewart, 14th SFS NCO in Charge of Training, Dec. 4, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The demonstration was part of a tour visit the cheerleaders made to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders stand with pilots next to a T-38C Talon Dec. 4, 2017, on the flight line at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The cheerleaders were able to sit inside the aircraft and ask questions to learn about the airframe and how it flies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders stand with pilots next to a T-38C Talon Dec. 4, 2017, on the flight line at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The cheerleaders were able to sit inside the aircraft and ask questions to learn about the airframe and how it flies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Khalyn, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, sits inside a T-38C Talon as Capt. James Couch, 49th Fighter Training Squadron Assistant Upgrading Instructor Pilot Flight Commander, talks about some of the key features during a tour of the flight line on Columbus Air Force Base Mississippi, Dec. 4, 2017. Numerous members of the cheerleading squad visited the base where they were shown the 14th Flying Training Wing mission and conducted a Cheer to Fitness Clinic for children at the Youth Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Khalyn, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, sits inside a T-38C Talon as Capt. James Couch, 49th Fighter Training Squadron Assistant Upgrading Instructor Pilot Flight Commander, talks about some of the key features during a tour of the flight line on Columbus Air Force Base Mississippi, Dec. 4, 2017. Numerous members of the cheerleading squad visited the base where they were shown the 14th Flying Training Wing mission and conducted a Cheer to Fitness Clinic for children at the Youth Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders visited Columbus Air Force Base Dec. 4 where they were given a flight line tour, did a meet-and-greet at the Exchange, were shown a military working dog demonstration and conducted a Cheer to Fitness Clinic for children at the Youth Center.

Ten members of the squad were selected to participate in a USO tour across U.S. Air Force bases throughout the winter holidays.

“Our goal is to really spread Christmas cheer and visit families who have members that may be deployed,” said Simone, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. “Another aspect of these visits are to help promote fitness to all the families.”

She said this opportunity is an honor because every year only about a third of the 34 members are chosen.

“Being able to meet the kids, but also the spouses that are home with service members deployed make this trip such an honor for me,” sad Savannah, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. “People often forget the sacrifices the family members at home make, so getting to see and speak with the spouses was an amazing thing.”

Members of the squad said they appreciate the work and sacrifice the military and families make and that’s a driving force for this 82nd USO organized tour.

“I used to get handwritten letters from my father when he was deployed but it was hard because you’re wondering if they’re OK and the family is kind of stressed out,” said Savannah, whose father was also a member of the armed services. “I love that this organization [the USO] is so supportive of the military and that’s what stood out to me because of my background with a military family.”

During their tour of the flight line, the cheerleaders were briefed on the 14th Flying Training Wing’s mission, were shown the aircraft and met with Airmen who support the mission on a daily basis. Then they were shown flight simulators and got to gear up, fly and communicate within the simulators, similar to what student pilots do every day.

“The big thing was to show them what the mission of Columbus Air Force Base is and show them how the pilots are trained,” said Capt. James Couch, 49th Fighter Training Squadron Assistant Upgrading Instructor Pilot Flight Commander. “We wanted them to experience a little of what Air Force pilots are going through, so getting them in the G-suits, explaining what everything is, letting them fly simulations, it is to give visitors a perspective on what is going on here.”

Finally, the group led a fitness clinic at the Youth Center, engaging with the children and bringing a once-in-a-lifetime experience to them.

“We want to try and teach the kids about nutrition and health, dedication, character and community,” Simone said. “We talk to them about each quality and why those aspects are important along with fitness.”

The cheerleaders will continue their tour and also spread their messages to families and service members around the globe.

“It was great to have them here,” Couch said. “It’s great to see people and work with people who care about the military who will take time out of their day to work with us and thank us, so it’s nice to help them as well and educate them on what we do and thank them for giving such a large amount of support.”