(CNN) – Michelle Obama toured the Fort Bragg military base Thursday in North Carolina in her first official out-of-state trip since her husband took office.
Greeted with cheers and applause, the first lady posed for pictures and chatted with soldiers and civilians in the Iron Mike dining room, before meeting for a private lunch with military families and base volunteers.
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Support of issues facing military families is a platform Mrs. Obama supported during her husband's presidential campaign and has continued through her role as first lady.
Obama will travel to neighboring Fayetteville later in the day, speaking at the city's Arts Council to recognize community organizations providing assistance to families of military members.