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U.S. Army Tries to Calm Residents About Upcoming Wave of Military Drills in North Carolina

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Bobby Colliton, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape specialist from the 18th Operation Support Squadron on Kadena Air Base, Japan, instructs U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dane Hatley, a 33rd Rescue Squadron flight engineer, while performing combat survival training during Exercise Pacific Thunder 2012 near Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 15, 2012. Pacific Thunder is an annual two-week exercise that involves the 33rd and 31st RQS from Kadena AB, Japan, and the 25th Fighter Squadron from Osan. These units work together to practice combat search and rescue tactics to prepare for real-world emergency situations.

Nothing calms the public quite like gunfire in heavily populated areas. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army has plans to do just that starting August 30th and continuing to September 12th in 21 select counties in North Carolina.

While exact locations are not being released, according to The Charlotte Observer residents in the following counties should not be alarmed by gunfire, flares and helicopter activity that might be witnessed, as seen in the video below:

The 21 counties include Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Chatham, Cumberland, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly, Union and Wake counties, officials said.

Efforts to calm the public ahead of time come after some past tragic incidents where at least one soldier died and mass panic ensued after a similar exercise was thought to be a real event.

This latest group of drills is part of “Robin Sage” which is a series of ongoing training exercises conducted out of the Fort Bragg military base.  According to The Charlotte Observer, this year’s emphasis is being placed on unconventional warfare where “students will match wits with more seasoned soldiers, who will ‘act as realistic opposing forces and guerrilla freedom fighters,’ officials said in a release.”

It’s not clear in the Observer‘s report if this series of drills has anything to do with a larger U.S. Army mission of preparing for close-combat warfare in megacities, but it does appear to have some of those elements.

As I reported in 2017, the Pentagon gave a very clear image of where they believe warfare is headed in the future as the world’s cities continue to swell and become pressure cookers for potential insurrection.  It’s part of a program called “Thunderstorm Spiral.”

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