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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 Netherlands’ 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 with EOD members from NATO partners to include Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Netherland, Poland and Sweden. (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)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Vincent Miller, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team leader, analyzes the aftermath of an exploded improvised explosive device during exercise Eifel Krabben at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 10, 2019. This multilateral training event helps ensure 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)


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

The exercise, called the 2019 Eifel Krabben IED Rodeo, helped 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,” said U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Lindsey Barrish, 52nd CES EOD craftsman. “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.”


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