Green Beret Training Course Begins In Rural NC

The Army Special Forces Command is starting a new qualifying test for 106 potential Green Berets who practice infiltrating a fictional nation.

The Robin Sage exercise begins Saturday and runs through Jan. 22 across 15 counties in largely rural central North Carolina. Soldiers will be operating in Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Chatham, Davidson, Guilford, Hoke, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly and Union counties.

The student-soldiers will practice infiltrating the country of "Pineland" in the exercise designed to give realistic training in unconventional warfare.

The Army says some residents may hear blank gunfire and see occasional flares.

Robin Sage has been conducted for nearly 50 years.

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  • by Kent Location: Washington on Jan 10, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    I worked with seven Robin Sage classes in the late 90's, mostly in the Montgomery County area. It's good to see "Pineland" in the news. As with many things that SF does the average person would be astounded with the realism and behind the scenes work that goes into the world's best guerrilla warfare school.
  • by Frank Idea on Jan 10, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    Are these guys Green beret students, or is this a cover-up for the UN soldiers that are being brought into this country for the take over.
  • by Cajun Location: Not Louisiana, Sadly on Jan 10, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    Can anyone say "Southern Comfort"? Hope those greenies don't cut anyone's trotlines or steal any fishing boats. Best not to shoot blanks at the locals, Army Boys. LOL
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Jan 10, 2009 at 05:24 AM
    Second to none.
  • by Optimistic Location: Bath, N.C. on Jan 10, 2009 at 03:32 AM

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