RELEASE NUMBER: 100607-02
DATE POSTED: JUNE 072, 2010
PRESS RELEASE: Special Forces exercise ‘Robin Sage’ to begin June 19
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 7, 2010) — Soldiers training to be Special Forces will be participating in Robin Sage, the U.S. military’s premiere unconventional warfare exercise, which serves as the culmination phase of the 253rd Special Forces Qualification Course.
The exercise will begin June 19, when more than 100 SFQC candidates infiltrate the notional country of Pineland, which encompasses 15 counties in North Carolina including Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Chatham, Davidson, Guilford, Hoke, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly and Union counties.
The exercise has been coordinated with public safety officials throughout the affected area. Residents may hear blank gunfire and see occasional flares, neither of which pose any risk to persons or property. Residents with concerns should contact local law enforcement officials, who will immediately contact exercise control officials.
Robin Sage is conducted by the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) and 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 Army’s seven operational Special Forces groups.
With the help of civilian authorities and local citizens, Robin Sage has been conducted for nearly 50 years. Safety is always the number-one priority and the following measures have been implemented:
· Formal written notification to the chiefs of 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.
· Students will only wear civilian clothes if the situation warrants, as determined by the instructors, and will wear a distinctive armband. Personnel role-playing as Pineland law enforcement officers wear distinctive hats and armbands, as well.
To add realism of the exercise, civilian volunteers throughout the state act as role-players. Participation by these volunteers is crucial to the success of this training, and past trainees attest to the realism they add to the exercise.
Also, approximately 200 military 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 troops play a critical role in the training the students will encounter in the country of Pineland. The exercise will end June 30.
We appreciate the help, consideration, and support 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 the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Public Affairs Office at (910) 396-9394, or by e-mail at [email protected]