US states to host mock ‘guerrilla warfare’ – Action News Now

Residents in two US states told to watch out for ‘occasional flares’ and simulated gunfire as military prepares for ‘realistic’ combat drills

The U.S. military will hold extensive combat exercises in North and South Carolina, warning residents of special operations cadets that blank and flare rounds may be fired during simulated combat against “guerrillas.”

Known as “Robin Saint” “Unconventional Combat Exercise” The John F. Kennedy Center and School of Special Operations said in a statement that it will be held on private land in dozens of southern U.S. counties from Jan. 22 to Feb. 4. quote through local media.

The exercise will be with “Resistance Movement” consist of “Guerrilla Freedom Fighter” in fictional country “Pine Forest” the operations center said, noting that they will act as “The opposing force of reality” To candidates for special operations. Robin Sage is the final test of the Elite Special Forces Qualification Course, an intensive training program for the Army Green Beret.

Trainees will be placed in an environment “Political instability characterized by armed conflict,” This will force soldiers “Analyze and Solve Problems” in a “real world” Settings – always face down “Guerrilla” Selected from Fort Bragg, as well as some specially trained civilian volunteers will serve as “Role Player” Add to “realism” to the drill.

SOF was quick to warn “Residents may hear gunfire in the open and occasionally see flares” During practice, add “Controls are in place to ensure there is no risk to people or property.” Although variants of the Robin Sage exercise have been held since 1974, in the last iteration in 2002, the local sheriff’s deputies fatal shot One soldier seriously wounded another, mistaking them for criminals.Since then, the military has prioritized releasing battle simulations ahead of time to avoid similar tragedies and telling any concerned residents “Contact local law enforcement officials who will immediately contact exercise control officials.”

Other safety measures to be implemented in this year’s drill include formal written notice to local police and sheriffs and details for all participants on what to do if they come into contact with law enforcement, while students will also be wearing “different” Armbands to indicate that they are participating in the exercise.

While the Special Forces School did not specify where the exercise would take place, it noted that it would take place in 25 North Carolina counties — including its most populous region, Wake County — and three other counties in South Carolina.

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