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Army & Air Force Exchange Service Welcomes Muscle Maker Grill as Latest Healthy Dining Option at Fort Benning

FORT BENNING – Soldiers and their families can fuel a BE FIT lifestyle with fit bowls, healthy wraps, fresh greens, skinny flatbreads and more at Muscle Maker Grill, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s latest better-for-you dining option at Fort Benning.

The Exchange celebrated the restaurant’s grand opening with a ribbon-cutting at the food court on Jan. 16, officiated by Col. Clinton Cox, Fort Benning garrison commander; Mark Farmer, Muscle Maker Grill vice president of operations; Don Sydlik, Exchange general manager; and Rutchel Williams, Exchange services business manager.

“The Exchange makes it convenient for Soldiers and military families at Fort Benning to make the right meal choices for them,” Sydlik said. “No matter your taste, there is a menu item for your meal plan at the Exchange.”

The restaurant fits in with the Exchange’s priority of bringing name-brand restaurants with better-for-you menus to service members to support troop readiness and resiliency. The Exchange is an active partner in Army Healthy Communities and Air Force Smart Fueling initiatives, transforming its food courts worldwide and focusing on a holistic BE FIT lifestyle for service members.

“I want to thank the Exchange for bringing in a healthy dining alternative such as this,” said SFC Travis Tite, who dined at Muscle Maker Grill on the day of the grand opening. “After 21 years in the Army, it is a nice addition to the dining selection at the Exchange.”

Muscle Maker Grill offers a variety of lean protein meals, including the Godfather bowl, with grilled chicken breast, Portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, reduced-fat mozzarella, gluten- and fat-free balsamic vinaigrette over broccoli, and the MMG Signature wrap, featuring grilled chicken breast, turkey bacon, reduced fat cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, tomatoes and onions with zero carb signature sauce.

Soldiers and families can also take advantage of Muscle Maker Grill’s meal plan program, which allows diners to customize a daily schedule of premade meals for pickup or delivery.

“We look forward to serving the Fort Benning community and beyond for many years to come,” said Robert E. Morgan, president and chief executive officer of Muscle Maker, Inc. “We are excited to serve all the courageous men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our great country.”

The restaurant is the second of its kind on a military installation—the first opened at Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss in Texas. Exclusive to Fort Benning is a fresh market bar with fruit, cucumber and pasta salads; garbanzo mixed with fresh kale; and Muscle Maker Grill’s Power Blend, consisting of romaine, spinach and baby kale.

The Fort Benning Exchange food court is at 9220 Marne Road. Muscle Maker Grill is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 706-984-0185.

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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. As the 56th-largest retailer in the United States, Exchange earnings provided $2.4 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. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Conner Hammett, 214-312-2714 or hammettc@aafes.com.

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