Pool was ushered into dining facility at MK Air Force base in Romania near the Black Sea at 5:28 p.m.
Since the war in Ukraine started the total number of personnel at the MK Air Force base roughly tripled in size to about 2,700, per military leaders .
Jill Biden, wearing a Beau Biden Foundation hat and a black mask, served mac and cheese and potatoes to service members. She served food alongside Colonel Sharon Lyght, U.S. Army:,Commander, 16th Military Police Brigade and Command Sergeant Major Christopher Allison, Command Sergeant Major, 16th Military Police Brigade.
Jill Biden chatted with the service members as she served food.
“Do you want a potato?”
“That’s all you want?”
“Where are you from?”
“How are you?”
She had one extended exchange with a service member who was from Pennsylvania and said he attended the University of Delaware.
“I’m a Blue Hen, too! So is my husband.”
Initially, Jill Biden entered the dining area holding two bottles of ketchup. The first lady’s office heard the base was running low on ketchup so they brought roughly five gallons on the plane to leave at the base.
At 5:53 p.m., the pool was ushered into the seating area. Jill Biden entered at 6:02 p.m., without a mask, to applause of service members at various tables. She posed for photos and shook hands.
At one table, she talked about the hardship that deployments have on families, referencing her own experience during Beau Biden’s deployment.
After going around the tables, FLOTUS posed for photos in front of a cake decorated with an American flag. It appeared there were not plans for FLOTUS to cut the cake but she then exclaimed that everyone was likely waiting for it so she cut into it and served the first piece.
FLOTUS then posed for photos and pool was ushered out of the dining facility at 6:26 p.m.