Special Forces prep for unconventional warfare exercise “Robin Sage.”

FORT BRAGG, N.C.—Prospective Green Berets will be the first group…

FORT BRAGG, N.C.—Prospective Green Berets will be the first group of 2010 participating in Robin Sage, the U.S. military’s premiere unconventional warfare exercise, which will serve as the culmination phase of the 250th Special Forces Qualification Course across a 15-county area in central North Carolina.

The exercise will begin Jan. 30 when the students infiltrate the notional country of Pineland, situated in or near Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Chatham, Davidson, Guilford, Hoke, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly and Union counties.

Scheduled to end Feb. 10, the exercise has been coordinated with public safety officials throughout the exercise area.  Residents may hear blank gunfire and see occasional flares, neither of which poses any risk to persons or property.

Residents who encounter a problem should contact local law enforcement officials, who will immediately contact exercise control officials.

Conducted by the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), Robin Sage is designed to provide realistic training in unconventional warfare tactics and techniques.  It is the final training exercise before graduation and assignment to one of the seven operational Special Forces groups.

Robin Sage has been conducted for nearly 50 years with the help of civilian authorities and the citizens of central North Carolina.

To add realism of the exercise, auxiliary forces consisting of civilian volunteers throughout the state will act as role-players during the training.  Participation by these auxiliary members is crucial to the success of the Special Forces training, and anecdotal evidence gathered from past trainees attests to the realism they add to the exercise.

Approximately 200 service members from units across the military will support the exercise to include Fort Bragg-based units.  These military members will provide realistic opposing forces and guerrilla freedom fighters also known as the resistance movement.

hese military members play a crucial role in the training the students will encounter in the country of Pineland.

Safety is the number-one priority for this exercise and the following safety measures have been implemented:

·    Formal written notification is given to the chiefs of the law enforcement agencies in the affected counties, with a follow up visit from a unit representative.

·    All civilian and non-student military participants are briefed on procedures to follow if there is contact with law enforcement officials.

·    Personnel role-playing as Pineland law enforcement officers wear distinctive hats and armbands.

·    Students are instructed and tested on the exercise’s rules of engagement. This includes procedures to follow if there is contact with law enforcement personnel during the exercise.

·    Students will only wear civilian clothes if the tactical situation warrants, as
determined by the instructors and will wear a distinctive armband.

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