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Veterans Day: First Lady surprises US military personnel and families in Germany

Veterans Day at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany saw First Lady Michelle Obama surprise servicemen and women and their families by helping to serve a special Veterans Day meal.

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The first lady of the United States Michelle Obama, left, serves food for US airmen and their relatives at Ramstein Airbase in Ramstein, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 11. Michelle Obama makes a series of stops within the Kaiserslautern Military Community on Veterans Day to thank US servicemen and women for their work.

Michael Probst/AP Photo

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First Lady Michelle Obama surprised a group of U.S. servicemen and women based in Germany on Thursday, jumping in to serve them steaks at a special Veterans Day meal.

"Oh, my God! Where's my camera," gasped Lavondee Stallings, a preschool teacher whose husband serves in the military, as Obama entered the banquet room at Ramstein Air Base's Officers Club.

Stallings was one of some 200 people with whom the first lady spent time during a refueling stopover on the way home from her tour of Asia with President Barack Obama.

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"I am missing Sasha and Malia desperately," Obama said of her daughters, as she spoke to the group gathered for the donated steak dinner, grilled by volunteers from the California-based Cooks of the Valley.

"But it is a thrill to be here with you guys, because we are so grateful to all of you," she said. "Not just our servicemen and women, but their kids, wives, husbands and parents."

Mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, corn on the cob, garlic bread and lemon meringue pie rounded out the menu.

After serving, Obama went through the room doling out hugs, handshakes and warm thanks to troops and their families.

She also chatted with their children, asking how they were doing in school and if they worked hard.

Ten-year-old Malaysia Chevere got a special shout-out when she told the first lady about her grades.

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