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First Lady surprises troops at meal

US First Lady Michelle Obama has surprised a group of 200 service men and women in Germany by helping them to serve steak at a Veterans Day meal.

Mrs Obama met troops at Ramstein Air Base as she served the food, cooked by volunteers from the California-based Cooks of the Valley group, and chatted with their children as they moved through the queue.

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

After serving the food, Mrs Obama also dished out hugs, handshakes and warm thanks to the assembled troops and their families.

"We are so grateful to all of you," she told them. "Not just our service men and women, but their kids, wives, husbands and parents."

Ahead of the Ramstein visit, Mrs Obama met wounded troops recovering at the nearby Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre.

She made the stop in Germany on her way home from a tour of Asia with her husband, President Barack Obama.

Mrs Obama was also due to meet her German counterpart, Bettina Wulff, before returning to the White House.

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