Special Forces Qualification Course students from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School will participate in Robin Sage from Oct. 7 to Nov. 5.
Robin Sage is the final two-week cumulative training exercise for students graduating from the Special Forces Qualification Course on Fort Bragg.
The training exercise is conducted within various counties across North Carolina and South Carolina.
This regularly held, unconventional warfare exercise encompasses the counties of Alamance, Anson, Bladen, Brunswick, Cabarrus, Chatham, Columbus, Cumberland, Davidson, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, New Hanover, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rowan, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Union and Wake counties in North Carolina and Chesterfield, Dillon and Marlboro counties in South Carolina.
Throughout the exercise military and civilian personnel, as well as community volunteers who serve as auxiliary actors will participate in and provide support as role-playing elements. This realistic training is critical to the successful completion of the students final assessment of skills and knowledge gained in the course.
All Robin Sage movements and events have been coordinated with public safety officials throughout the various towns and counties hosting the training.
Residents are advised to steer clear of the student elements and role-players, and may be expected to hear non-lethal ammunition sounds and see occasional non-lethal flares.
Controls are in place to ensure there is no risk to the general public or property. Residents with concerns should contact local law enforcement officials, who will immediately contact exercise control officials.
Safety of students, role-players and the public is the USAJFKSWCS command’s top priority during all training events. The following measures have been implemented:
• Formal written notifications have been released to local law enforcement agencies in the affected counties, and will be followed-up with visits from unit representatives.
• All civilian and non-student military participants are briefed on procedures to follow if there is contact with external public and law enforcement.
• Students will only wear civilian clothes based on the scenario, as determined by the instructors, and will have distinctive brown armbands during these instances.
• Training areas and vehicles used during exercises will be clearly marked.
In a media release the command expressed appreciation for the support and consideration the public extends to the soldiers and role-players participating in the exercise.
In the event of an emergency, civilians should contact their local law enforcement agency.
All questions concerning Robin Sage should be directed to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Public Affairs Office at 910-396-9394.