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2019 Eifel Krabben IED Rodeo

U.S. Air Force Col. Marlyce Roth, 52nd Mission Support Group commander, and 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal leadership gets briefed from The Netherland's EOD team during exercise Eifel Krabben at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 3, 2019. This multilateral exercise focused on locating and disarming improvised explosive devices which involved EOD members comprised of eight teams from NATO partners to include Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Netherland, Poland, and Sweden. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael Reed, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team member, help Staff Sgt Alex Johnson, 52nd CES EOD team leader, dawns a bomb suit during exercise Eifel Krabben at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 6, 2019. The suit consists of numerous layers of Kevlar, plastic, and foam that protect the wearer's organs and prevent any spinal damage from the force of a blast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

German military explosive ordnance disposal team member, assesses a mock hostage situation during exercise Eifel Krabben at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2019. The exercise is a two-week block of instruction of training scenarios in advanced category A type devices with simulated situations involving hostages. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

Explosive ordnance disposal teams from various European countries participate in a pre-scenario brief during exercise Eifel Krabben at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2019. Before each scenario, teams receive a brief on what has happened before their arrival on the scene. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

Sergeant Major Johannes Wuttke, German military Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member, works to solve a problem during exercise Eifel Krabben at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2019. EOD members staged 14 different scenarios to emulate real-life hazardous scenes where EOD teams put their skills to the test. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

A Swedish military Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member controls a robot through a computer screen during exercise Eifel Krabben at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 10, 2019. The EOD members' objective during the exercise was to locate and assess threats and disable potentially destructive devices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

A German military Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member searches for a buried wire during exercise Eifel Krabben at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 10, 2019. This multilateral training event showcased EOD members from various partner European nations and military branches, sharing techniques on how they locate explosive devices and the steps they take to safely and effectively disarm them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

A Polish military Explosive Ordnance Disposal team views video feed of bomb-making materials in a car during exercise Eifel Krabben at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 10, 2019. The mock IED scenarios are based on real-life happenings from current world events, helping keep all EOD members current on modern IEDs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Vincent Miller, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team leader, analyzes the aftermath of an exploded IED during exercise Eifel Krabben at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 10, 2019. This multilateral training event helps to ensure that EOD members are ready and prepared to locate, assess threats, and disable potentially destructive devices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --

Members of the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight participated in an improvised explosive device training June 3-13, 2019 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

EOD members from different nations are featured in the course of this exercise, called the 2019 Eifel Krabben IED Rodeo, in which members learn more about how to locate explosive devices and the steps to take to safely and effectively disarm them.

 “The purpose of this event is to strengthen our relationship with our NATO allies,” U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Lindsey Barrish, 52nd CES EOD craftman. “This gives us the opportunity to work beside them and help us work together in case anytime in the future we are called upon we can go out and work side by side with them seamlessly.”

Teams that participated in the exercise included EOD Airmen from Spangdahlem AB, along with EOD technicians from Belgium, Estonia, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden.

“Each team was presented with 14 unique IED scenarios that are based off of real-world threats,” said U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jason Umlauf, 52nd CES EOD NCO in charge of supply and project manager for 2019 Eiffel Krabben Rodeo. “These scenarios provided exposure for the EOD teams so that they can run a problem from cradle-to-grave instead of only reading about them in a safety bulletin.”

All members had the opportunity to participate in and observe each scenario to expand their knowledge and proficiency in IEDs.

“The turnout for the 2019 Eifel Krabben IED Rodeo was very good, and participation has grown with each iteration,” said Umlauf. “A key benefit of our exercise is building relationships within the international EOD community; these relationships are the cornerstone of interoperability, whether we are operating locally or abroad.”