Wow! We really have to commend her!
She gave this trip her all!
We reported yesterday that Cheryl Cole flew to Afghanistan yesterday, to not only film a special tribute to the members of the Army, Navy, and Air Force for the Pride of Britain Awards, but also to boost morale of the troops on the 10 year anniversary of UK operations in the war-torn country, and today, we've got some our first pictures of the British pop star - dressed in full army fatigue!
Ch-ch-check out some photos (above)!
Apparently, Chezza was flown into Helmand, the most violent part of Afghanistan, and immediately handed the aforementioned uniform, an SA80 rifle, and took part in a mock gun battle, which included her helping carry an injured soldier, as well as climbing aboard a Scimatar 2 light tank and firing a 30mm cannon, driving a Jackal armored fighting vehicle, and firing a grenade machine gun!
Task Force Helmand chief, Lt. Col. Tim Purbrick, revealed:
“She was not afraid to get her shoes dirty. When everyone heard she was coming we did not know what to expect as she’s a huge star. But whatever preconceptions we had went out of the window as soon as we met her. Her smile is infectious, she was up for doing everything we suggested. She was like one of the lads. She was a little taken aback by the noise and general chaos and was a little shaken but she gamely carried on. I’m sure plenty of celebrities probably would have rather just observed but Cheryl was in the thick of it.”
And Chezza herself said of the mock-exercises:
“I went into the room and heard an explosion. It was scary. I was terrified. I’m not ashamed to say I screamed and uttered a few expletives. I always had admiration for what the guys do out here, but seeing them here at work is awe inspiring. I’m delighted to be here to recognize all the hard work they do. Every one of them is a hero in my book.”
Give yourself some credit, gurl!
Not everyone would have willingly gotten their hands dirty - and especially not with such a good attitude!
So unbelievably brave!
And we're sure you can't even realize how appreciative all of the men and women out there are for your visit!
You should be very proud of yourself!
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