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Lack of funds » Some residents had suspicions about the Special Forces’ role-playing exercise.

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By enlisting citizens — such as owners of lumberyards or LDS stake presidents — to play roles paralleling their real roles in the community, the Army can save money. Hiring role players to go to the Utah National Guard’s Camp Williams for two weeks would be much pricier.

Under the exercise plan, three teams of 12 soldiers in plain clothes would spend two weeks doing missions with up to 30 role players, including other soldiers, mostly at night in Sanpete and Sevier counties and in the Emery-Carbon county area.

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Teams also had planned to drop briefly into Juab and Utah counties, and two of the teams were going to finish the exercise in Grand County.

The Special Forces teams would depend on Utah role-players for all their food, beds, transportation and other supplies.

Weddle and Dunton assured government leaders that no live ammunition would be used — except on gun ranges — and that no private property would be crossed without permission.

Weddle said Utah will remain a good candidate for future training. "This is not a one-time shot, lost to Utah," Weddle said. "There will be other opportunities."


Twitter: @Kristen Moulton

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