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World's Foremost Unconventional Warfare Exercise for Green Berets

Robin Sage is a training exercise and the last phase of the 18-30 months of training that soldiers complete before they receive their "Green Berets".

For more than half a century, around a third of North Carolina has served as the fictional "People's Republic of Pineland" for the 28-day exercise which culminates in the 19-day Robin Sage.

Robin Sage, the culiminating exercise of the Special Forces Qualification Course, is turning 35 this year. Williams was participating in the exercise as a member of the auxiliary when it was still Gobbler’s Woods, and he has friends who were participating when it was Cherokee Trail.

The exercise is the foremost unconventional-warfare exercise in the world. It tests a Soldier’s ability to put into practice all of the training he has received during his time at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

It prepares the Soldier for the real world and for encounters with tribal leaders on the savannas of Kenya, the deserts of Iraq, the jungles of South America and the mountains of Afghanistan. But it starts in the small towns of central North Carolina — towns with names like Eldorado, Uwharrie, Robbins, Bennett, Black Ankle and Ellerbe.

Key to the success of the exercise is the participation by civilians who make up the auxiliary force of the Pineland resistance. Williams, a Pineland native who resides in Ellerbe, began participating in the exercise with his brother at the age of 6. His brother, Mike, a detective with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department, was 8.

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By netchicken: posted on 10-4-2009








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