Special Forces exercise ‘Robin Sage’ to begin March 27


running up that hill
Jan 3, 2007
in Wonderland, with my Alice
http://news.soc.mil/releases/News Archive/2010/March/100316-02.html

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, March 16, 2010) — Soldiers training to be Green Berets will participate in the U.S. military’s premiere unconventional warfare exercise, Robin Sage, which serves as the culmination phase for the 251st Special Forces Qualification Course.

The exercise begins March 27, when Special Forces students infiltrate a notional country of Pineland, situated in or near 15 North Carolina counties including Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Chatham, Davidson, Guilford, Hoke, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly and Union counties.

The exercise, conducted by the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), is scheduled to end April 9. Military officials from the 1st SWTG (A) coordinated with public safety officials throughout the affected 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.

Robin Sage is designed to provide realistic training in unconventional warfare tactics and techniques. It is the final training exercise before SFQC students graduate and receive their assignments to one of the Army’s 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 to the exercise, civilian volunteers throughout the state act as role-players during the training. Participation by these volunteers is crucial to the success of Special Forces training, and past trainees attest to the value the volunteers add to the exercise.

As with all training activities, safety is always the No. 1 priority. The following safety measures have been implemented:

· Formal written notification is given to the chiefs of law enforcement agencies in the affected counties, with a follow up visits by unit representatives.

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

· Students will only wear civilian clothes if the tactical situation warrants as determined by the instructors, and students will wear a distinctive armband. Personnel role-playing as Pineland law enforcement officers wear distinctive hats and armbands.

Approximately 200 service members from units across Fort Bragg will also support the exercise. These military members provide realistic opposing forces and guerrilla freedom fighters, also known as the resistance movement. These military members play a critical role in the training the SF students encounter in the country of Pineland.

Exercise officials appreciate the help and consideration the citizens of North Carolina extend to the Soldiers participating in the exercise and ask for their continued understanding of any inconveniences the training may cause.

Questions concerning the exercise should be referred to U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Public Affairs Office at 910-396-9394, also by e-mail pao_swcs@soc.mil.

Good luck gentelmen, almost there........