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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  • by My<3'sintheARMY! Location: tally on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    hey....... if you dont wanna stand behind our troops...... FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM! kinda cool to see them in tally training. :) I think its awesome they get off base training. and BTW- your sitting at your computer reading this because these people have fought to keep us free. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS! and those who didnt make it home! <3 never forgotten!
  • by Ed Location: Tallahassee on Mar 10, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    NORTHCOM? Make no mistake, "the powers that be" are preparing the military for operations within the US.
  • by Prepare2B-Invaded Location: Land-o-the-free on Mar 9, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    You are spot on Mike. This smacks of desensitization. Get folks accustomed to seeing military forces operating here at "home" and the while idea of posse comitatus becomes a relic of a bygone age. Of course what did our Forefathers know about freedom? Military ops in the mainland make perfect sense. Don't they? Next thing you know random checkpoints will be established within our territorial borders and "citizens" will be required to show their papers to proceed. And then unconstitutional searches will become "constitutional" at airports. Nah, I am deluded. Those things will never happen. Right?
  • by Kerri Location: Tallahassee on Mar 9, 2011 at 07:07 PM
    They were practicing their training skills at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, and also showing the cadets in training some specialized military training. Pat Thomas is one of the best academies in the state of Florida.
  • by Maureen on Mar 9, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    thanks for your service, God bless you and stay safe!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    I haven't seen any of them. They must be real good.
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee on Mar 9, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    Yeah. Right. Training in Quincy is good preparation for where . . . inside the United States. That is where. I can't believe even the sheeple would believe any differently.
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