A set of annual military exercises begins today in the area.
The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School conducts the training for students who are candidates for the Special Forces, or Green Berets. The Kennedy school is based out of Fort Bragg, and the exercises known as “Robin Sage” have been conducted in this area since 1974.
The training uses a 15-county area to simulate a country in which Special Forces candidates and role-players carry out training missions, including controlled assaults and key-leader engagements. Information from the U.S. Army says there may be occasional blank gunfire and signal flares during the exercise, but that all the training movements and events have been coordinated with public safety officials in the affected area.
The active exercise area includes Montgomery, Stanly, Anson, Davidson, Randolph, Moore and nine other counties. The Special Forces candidates also live, eat and sleep in civilian areas during the training.
The Robin Sage exercises will continue through Oct. 11. The Army says citizens with concerns about training activities should contact local law enforcement, who will immediately contact exercise control officials.