U.S. President Donald Trump meets with U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan along with other top miltiary and civilan leadership at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., March 15, 2019. (DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence)

The White House released the most painfully obvious statement about President Donald Trump visiting the Pentagon on Friday.

According to White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, per the pool report, "Today at the Pentagon, the President received a briefing conducted by military officials and members of his national security team."

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The Pentagon has revamped its official website of Defense.gov with better-looking graphics, improved experience, and snazzy videos of cartoon soldiers protecting our way of life.

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U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado

The Department of Defense has a very clear message to the American public: Shut up for a second and let us wage forever war in peace.

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Thanksgiving morning in 2014 found me on a small Kenyan army training base outside of Nairobi. I was serving as a public affairs mentor for an African Union staff officer training course. It was hardly a foxhole Christmas, nor even my first holiday on active duty, but there was something about spending most of the day away from other Americans that was bringing me down.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo.

In today’s social media world, we see service members sharing more and more of their daily professional lives online. With the proliferation of sites like U.S. Army W.T.F. Moments, the general public gets a glimpse into the lives of everyday Americans who serve their country. Whether these posts be humorous, heroic, or just stupid and dangerous, they are out there and the trend is not going away.

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The Marine Corps, and the DoD as a whole, has grappled with the idea of its troops of any rank being able to say whatever they want on social media.

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