Candidates strive to earn Green Beret during 'Robin Sage' exercise
Students of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School extract prisoners from an enemy's camp during the Robin Sage training exercise near Camp Mackall, June 29. Robin Sage is the last exercise special operations forces students participate in before they earn the right to wear Green Berets.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Special Forces candidates will begin participating in Robin Sage Saturday.
Robin Sage is the U.S. military's premiere unconventional warfare exercise and culmination phase of the 254th Special Forces Qualification Course.

During the exercise, more than 130 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, and the exercise will end Aug. 13.

Robin Sage is conducted by the 1st Special Warfare Training Group and is designed to provide realistic training in unconventional warfare tactics and techniques.

It is the final training exercise before candidates earn their Green Berets and are assigned to one of the Army's seven operational Special Forces groups.

The exercise has been coordinated with public safety officials throughout the affected areas. Residents may hear blank gunfire and see occasional flares. Controls are in place to ensure there is no risk to persons or property.

Residents with concerns should contact local law enforcement officials, who will immediately contact exercise control officials.Aca,!A..

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.

About 200 military servicemembers 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.

To add realism to 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.

We appreciate the support and consideration the citizens of North Carolina extend to the Soldiers participating in the exercise and thank them for their 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 396-9394, or by e-mail at pao_swcs@soc.mil.

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