Facebook’s founder just went to Ft. Bragg and met with milspouses
(Photo: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook)

By Team MOC

On January 3, 2017, Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, posted his own goals for 2017. Among them: Reading 25 books, learning Mandarin, and going on a “Year of Travel.” Since then, that Year of Travel has taken Zuckerberg across America on his quest to meet Americans in all 50 states. Yesterday, it took him to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

Ft. Bragg houses the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), the largest special operations command. Zuckerberg visited the USASOC and met with Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo who “talked about how they have many ways to use force, but their biggest challenge is understanding people and building trust with communities on the ground in other countries to support their missions,” according to Zuckerberg’s Facebook post.

Afterward, Zuckerberg lunched with a group of military spouses at Let Me Cater to You, a business owned by Army veteran entrepreneur Judy Cage. Reportedly, Zuckerberg specifically wanted to patronize a veteran’s restaurant.

On her Facebook live video of the event, Cage confesses, “It’s been hard to keep this [Zuckerberg’s visit] a secret. I’ve been wanting to tell ’em [her Facebook followers] all week.”

Cage’s excitement on the 45-minute video is palpable. At one point, she turns the camera on the table where Zuckerberg is sitting, and says, “Look at him biting into my food!”

Her passion is for good reason. According to Cage, the restaurant’s location at Pope Field had been open for only three days before she was approached by two different organizations to host the billionaire.

While military spouses dined on Cage’s food, they talked about (what else?) the importance of technology in military families’ lives. Talking about deployment, Zuckerberg characterized the discussion this way: “They told me how they stay connected when a family member is deployed (a combination of Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Skype), and how community is so important for having a group of people who understand what they’re going through.” The conversation also broached PCSing, keeping in touch within the community, and finding footing at a new installation.

On social media, those surprised by the tech giant’s visit, shared their reactions and brush with fame:

And of course, the mastermind behind the social media platform capped his day with a Facebook post about his visit: