A unique warfare exercise across areas of Texas and the country will bring civilian role players operating as journalists, government officials and “guerrilla-chiefs.”
The U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Unconventional Warfare Exercise 16 (UWEX 16) is planned in a minimum of three Texas counties for March through June 2016. It may remind readers back to Jade Helm 15, the SOC’s seven-state realistic military training that stirred up some Texans’ concerns of federal preparations for martial law.
But the participation of civilian role players sets UWEX 16 apart.
Job listings published to Oak Grove Technologies in November call for more than 30 actors to help mimic circumstances for SOC trainings between March and June, which includes at the very least 25 who would function in San Antonio in March and April after arrangements at the SOC headquarters in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
SOC spokesman Mark Lastoria was not promptly obtainable Thursday morning to explain the contributions of the civilian actors.
Job listings call for 18 hostage actors, six guerrillas, a journalist, two “resistance force,” an ambassador, a financier, an NGO worker and officials from the Department of Justice and the Department of State, and the like.
Together with San Antonio, some will perform simultaneously in Arizona and Oregon.
The “guerrilla-chief” role calls for prior special forces experience, or “quantifiable prior expertise as a Guerrilla-Chief.”
Others call for previous work as a government analyst, foreign service member or law enforcement officer. All roles call for signatures on a non-disclosure contract.
In West Texas, commissioners of Tom Green County authorized the military’s demand to hold realistic training in the county, based on footage of a late October meeting.
As outlined by the Austin American-Statesman, commissioners in November authorized the same demand in Bastrop County, which became the core position of Jade Helm madness in June when international media collected to observe volunteer Texans try their own counter surveillance operation against some of the U.S. military’s most elite organizations.
That came months after Texas governor Greg Abbott mobilized the state guard to keep track of the federal troops throughout the exercise, citing citizens’ safety issues.
Many of the same websites that sounded the first alarms of the reality behind Jade Helm were quick to claim that UWEX 16 was another step in a far-reaching conspiracy to imprison American folks in their own communities.
SOC has stated, and experts have concluded, that realistic military training off of federal property is neither unusual nor cause for alarm.
In a Statesman report, Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape stated he was hoping UWEX 16’s lack of a snappy name would avoid its spread on social media.
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