Columbus Becomes Part of ‘Pineland’

Vehicle placard and armband used in Robin Sage exercise (submitted photo)
Vehicle placard and armband used in Robin Sage exercise (submitted photo)

Unconventional warfare is coming to Columbus County.

 Robin Sage, the “final exam” for U.S. Army Special Forces personnel, begins Friday. Green Beret candidates will work with “insurgents” in the fictional country of Pineland, which includes portions of 24 counties, including Columbus, Brunswick and Bladen.

Participants will be wearing Army Combat Uniforms and carrying non-lethal weapons, according to a press release. Uniformed personnel will have armbands with the words ROBIN SAGE, while others will wear blue armbands marked ISC. Other personnel will wear black uniforms or have armbands marked GHOST.

Vehicles used in the training will carry a ROBIN SAGE placard.

During Robin Sage, participants practice skills they have learned in the special warfare training program, including survival, evasion, and escape. They also work with training “insurgents” to help engineer the overthrow of the Pineland government. The training requires use of skills the future Green Berets would require while working in small groups in foreign countries.

The Army asks that if you encounter Robin Sage personnel, do not approach or attempt to engage them. Robin Sage personnel will only be on public property and property where permission has been obtained.

The training will continue through April 29.

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