Special Ops On the Ground in Gadsden County

March 9, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

Some special forces are honing their skills in a small town near you.

They're called Emerald Warriors and they've been training in Midway for the past two weeks.

Wednesday, they taught basic recruits at the Florida Public Safety Institute how to repel off towers and buildings.

The soldiers, primarily from Fort Bragg and Fort Carson, are training in rural towns from Florida to Texas to make sure they are ready for any landscape they may encounter on their next deployment.

"Essentially these guys could go anywhere in the world so they want to have the most diverse training they possibly can, so it's a good opportunity for them to come down here and experience that," said SSGT Marhsall Pesta, a spokesman for the special forces command.

Pesta says the special forces practice everything from cliff mountaineering to urban searches and they're doing it in small teams throughout the southeast.

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