Writer Kevin Maurer has seen a lot. A reporter who was embedded with U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, Maurer talks more about his experience at Pineland, a fictional rebel compound in central North Carolina used in special forces training. Read Maurer’s full story about Pineland in the November 2013 issue of Our State magazine.

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