At the Super Bowl on Sunday, U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Alicia Quaco will be performing her other duty as a member of the Seattle Seahawks' Sea Gal cheerleading squad.
Quaco, 25, who attended the Air Force Academy, is a contract manager for the military branch during the day, but trades her military garb for the short shorts of the Sea Gals for practice and Seahawks games.
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"It's a lot of costume changes," Quaco told the New York Post
on Wednesday. "I don't get to wear normal clothes very often. And I have hardly any free time."
Quaco, who is in her first year with the 32-member Seahawk cheerleader squad, told the Post she joined the military to follow in the footsteps of her older brother, who was a Green Beret.
Quaco was a member of the dance team at the Air Force Academy before earning a degree in social science.
"I was 18 years old at the time (I joined the military), and the Air Force shaped me into the person I am today," Quaco said on her profile on the Seattle Seahawks website
. "Some days have been hard, but every day has been worth it."
Quaco told the New York Post that before she could even try out for the Sea Gals, she had to make a formal presentation to her Air Force bosses to convince them it was a good idea.
"I told them it's good for recruitment," Quaco said. "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. Ultimately, they ended up agreeing."
Quaco also told the Post that she has a responsibility to put not only the Air Force but also the Seattle community in a good light.
"In uniform, you're expected to act a certain way," Quaco said. "People are always watching. We're really excited to be in New York. There are some girls on the team who have never been there before."
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