NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans don't have to look very far to honor their very own during the NFL's "Salute to Service" Military Appreciation Month.
Titans cheerleader, Stormi, and her husband, CW2 Kyle Wagley, are stationed at Fort Campbell, where Kyle recently returned from a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. Wagley is a warrant officer at the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, flying an AH-64D Apache helicopter.
Stormi, a third-year Titans cheerleader, has been a strong supporter of her husband's military efforts. She recently joined other Titans cheerleaders on the base to support the Family Readiness Group of the 1-101st Combat Aviation Brigade, serving lunch to the single soldiers so they could have a home-cooked meal.
During her first year on the squad, Stormi joined five other Titans Cheerleaders on a USO tour in Kuwait. The six ladies visited Camp Arifjan, Camp Virginia, Camp Buehring, Camp Morrell, Ali Al Salem Air Base (The Rock) and Camp Patriot. On each stop, the cheerleaders treated the troops to a one-hour variety show performance, which involved singing, dancing and interactive skits.
“Being able to bring a smile to the troops and let them know that we as Americans support them was the highlight for me,” Stormi said. “Nothing can replace the feeling of comfort by being home, but we can sure try. If I had the opportunity to go again, my bags would be packed yesterday.”
Stormi began volunteering with the USO, which helps connect soldiers to their families, four years ago. She said she likes what the USO represents.
“There were times when Kyle was deployed and the only place he could call me or email me from was the USO,” she said. “The USO at Fort Campbell has only been open for a short amount of time in comparison to other locations. They provide free lunch for soldiers one day a week, a place to hang out with friends, shoot pool, play video games, watch TV, and even surf the web. It gives them a sense of home, and that is priceless.”
Stormi said there is nothing more important to her than supporting her husband and the U.S. Military.
“While some support our great country by fighting on the front lines like my husband, I support our country by supporting him,” she said. “It means a lot to me to know that I chose to marry a man who is willing to fight for what they believe in, and for that I will always stand next to him.”