52nd EOD participates in Northern Challenge 16

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Umlauf, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, sweeps an area with a mine detector during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The exercise focused on disabling improvised explosive devices in support of counter-terrorism tactics to prepare Partnership for Peace, NATO, and Nordic nations for international deployments and defense against terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Umlauf, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, sweeps an area with a mine detector during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The exercise focused on disabling improvised explosive devices in support of counter-terrorism tactics to prepare Partnership for Peace, NATO, and Nordic nations for international deployments and defense against terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Umlauf, left, and Senior Airman Kyle Koski, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, prepare to detonate the removed improvised explosive devices during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The exercise focused on disabling improvised explosive devices in support of counter-terrorism tactics to prepare Partnership for Peace, NATO, and Nordic nations for international deployments and defense against terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Umlauf, left, and Senior Airman Kyle Koski, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, prepare to detonate the removed improvised explosive devices during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The exercise focused on disabling improvised explosive devices in support of counter-terrorism tactics to prepare Partnership for Peace, NATO, and Nordic nations for international deployments and defense against terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kyle Koski,  52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal journeyman, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, provides over watch during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The exercise focused on disabling improvised explosive devices in support of counter-terrorism tactics to prepare Partnership for Peace, NATO, and Nordic nations for international deployments and defense against terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kyle Koski, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal journeyman, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, provides over watch during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The exercise focused on disabling improvised explosive devices in support of counter-terrorism tactics to prepare Partnership for Peace, NATO, and Nordic nations for international deployments and defense against terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

German military observers look at the remaining components of a detonated improvised explosive device during the Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. During the exercise, 52nd EOD Airmen worked side by side with counterparts from allied and partner nations to become familiar with each other's military procedures and achieve greater interoperability in combating terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

German military observers look at the remaining components of a detonated improvised explosive device during the Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. During the exercise, 52nd EOD Airmen worked side by side with counterparts from allied and partner nations to become familiar with each other's military procedures and achieve greater interoperability in combating terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Umlauf, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, sweeps an area with a mine detector during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The 52nd EOD, provides an operational explosive ordnance disposal capability to locate, identify, render safe, recover, field evaluate and dispose of all explosive ordnance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Umlauf, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, sweeps an area with a mine detector during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The 52nd EOD, provides an operational explosive ordnance disposal capability to locate, identify, render safe, recover, field evaluate and dispose of all explosive ordnance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Umlauf, left, and Senior Airman Kyle Koski, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, collect evidence from a detonated improvised explosive devices during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The exercise focused on disabling improvised explosive devices in support of counter-terrorism tactics to prepare Partnership for Peace, NATO, and Nordic nations for international deployments and defense against terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Umlauf, left, and Senior Airman Kyle Koski, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, collect evidence from a detonated improvised explosive devices during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The exercise focused on disabling improvised explosive devices in support of counter-terrorism tactics to prepare Partnership for Peace, NATO, and Nordic nations for international deployments and defense against terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Carroll, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, marks a safe path after sweeping an area with a mine detector during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The exercise focused on disabling improvised explosive devices in support of counter-terrorism tactics to prepare Partnership for Peace, NATO, and Nordic nations for international deployments and defense against terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Carroll, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, marks a safe path after sweeping an area with a mine detector during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The exercise focused on disabling improvised explosive devices in support of counter-terrorism tactics to prepare Partnership for Peace, NATO, and Nordic nations for international deployments and defense against terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Carroll, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, scans the area for additional threats after locating an improvised explosive device during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The 52nd EOD, provides an operational explosive ordnance disposal capability to locate, identify, render safe, recover, field evaluate and dispose of all explosive ordnance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Carroll, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, scans the area for additional threats after locating an improvised explosive device during Northern Challenge 16 exercise at Icelandic Coast Guard Keflavik Facility, Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. The 52nd EOD, provides an operational explosive ordnance disposal capability to locate, identify, render safe, recover, field evaluate and dispose of all explosive ordnance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany --

 

KEFLAVIK, Iceland -- Airmen from the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, are participating in Exercise Northern Challenge 2016, more commonly called NOCH 16, which began here Sept. 12.

 

NOCH 16 is an Icelandic-hosted, multinational, explosive ordnance disposal, counter-improvised explosive device exercise in support of NATO’s Defense Against Terrorism program.

 

The exercise focuses on disabling improvised explosive devices in support of counter-terrorism tactics to prepare countries enrolled in NATO’s Partnership for Peace program for international deployments and defense against terrorism.

 

 “Northern Challenge is an EOD focused exercise,” said Lt. Marvin Ingólfsson, Icelandic coast guard member and Exercise Northern Challenge director. “We rebuild devices found around the world from the past few years and use them to try and make the environment as realistic as possible.”

 

This year’s participating nations include Iceland, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Great Britain, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States.

 

“With all these partner nations working together to defeat a common network, you really get the advantage of different points of view, which will help each other improve tactics, techniques, and procedures,” said Capt. Kyle Fuller, commander of the 31st Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, Aviano Air Base, Italy. 

 

Although the training exercise is not associated with, or a reaction to, any real world events, it is designed to subject its multicultural participants to realistic EOD-related challenges that they must face together.   

 

“The benefit of participating in this exercise is the exchange of tactics, techniques and procedures with partner nations,” said Staff Sgt. Cole Carroll, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman.

 

The goal of the exercise is for participating Partnership for Peace program members to become familiar with each other's military procedures, which will improve interoperability and combined counter-terrorism efforts.