Later this month, the US Army waged a “realistic” guerrilla war for two weeks in more than two dozen counties in North Carolina. Described as the ultimate test of Special Forces qualification training, US Army soldiers will intertwine with “freedom fighters” in an imaginary country called Pineland. From MSN:
The two-week “unconventional war games” will be held from January 22 to February 22. 4 on privately owned land. It would be realistic enough to include the sounds of gunfire (blanks) and flares, the US Army’s John F. Kennedy School of Warfare said in a press release.
Exact times, locations and exercise details are not provided.
However, advance publicity is intended to ensure that civilians – including law enforcement officers – do not mistake combat as terrorism or criminal activity, which has been the case in the past.[…]
“To add realism to the exercise, civilian volunteers across the state act as role players. The participation of these volunteers is critical to the success of this training, and former trainees attest to the realism they add to the exercise.
Advance public notification of the US Army’s “First Unconventional Warfare Drill” became a priority in 2002, after one soldier was killed and another wounded when the Moore County deputy sheriff blundered. [the] Criminal activity exercises.
Photo: (K. Kassens/US Army)