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Wahlberg brothers, Army & Air Force Exchange Service welcome Wahlburgers to Ramstein AB with preview party

Actor Mark Wahlberg poses for a photo with 86th Security Forces Squadron Defenders at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 15, 2019. Wahlberg addressed service members and their families at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center, then mingled with the crowd to pose for photos and sign autographs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)
December 16, 2019

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service officially welcomed Wahlburgers to the military family with a preview party hosted by famous brothers and restaurant co-founders Mark Wahlberg and Paul Wahlberg and local franchisee Nino Cutraro.

“We love the troops, and we can’t wait to officially open for the troops at Ramstein,” said Mark Wahlberg, who, along with his brother Paul, made a special appearance at the restaurant inside the Exchange’s Kaiserslautern Military Community shopping center. “Bringing a taste of home to these men and women is incredible.”

Mark Wahlberg poses for a photo with a member of the Kaiserslautern Military Community at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 15, 2019. Wahlberg addressed Airmen and their families at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center, recounting experiences with the Air Force and thanking service members for their sacrifices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

Hundreds of service members and their families crowded inside the Exchange food court for a glimpse at the brothers, who came to KMCC to check out the restaurant before it officially opens next month. The Wahlbergs posed for pictures and shook hands with the audience, thanking them for their service.

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Col. Scott McFarland, Exchange Europe/Southwest Asia commander, highlighted the morale boost Wahlburgers will provide to those serving overseas.

“This restaurant means so much to service members and families—a slice of America has come to Ramstein just for them,” McFarland said. “Having Mark and Paul Wahlberg here just before the holidays is big morale boost. They have brought smiles to so many faces today.”

Actor Mark Wahlberg signs a uniform patch for an 86th Security Forces Squadron Defender at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 15, 2019. Mark and Chef Paul Wahlberg, his brother, promoted the opening of the first Wahlburger restaurant on a military installation and mingled with personnel and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

Master Sgt. Mae Arguello and her 10-year-old son Calvin arrived at the Exchange at 8 a.m., hours before preview party. They were first in line, and the Wahlburgers team even put Calvin to work stocking a merchandise table.

“We wanted to be first in line, and we were prepared to camp out all day,” said Arguello, who serves with the 52nd Fighter Wing protocol office at Spangdahlem Air Base. “This does so much for our morale. We love the opportunity to live overseas and serve our country—it’s an amazing honor and opportunity. But we miss the comforts of home. It’s so nice to come to the BX and have familiar restaurants and American-style things available to us.”

Actor Mark Wahlberg takes photos and signs autographs with fans at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 15, 2019. Wahlberg and his brother, Chef Paul, travelled to Ramstein to support the troops and promote the opening of the first Wahlburger restaurant on a military installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

The KMCC Wahlburgers officially opens in January. A second location is set to open at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in 2020, and more locations are planned.

About the Exchange: Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 62nd-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.3 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years.

The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

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