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​SSgt. Cole Carroll, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, investigates an improvised explosive device during the Northern Challenge 16 exercise in Iceland, Sept. 19, 2016. USAF photo by SSgt. Jonathan Snyder.

​Airmen from Spangdahlem AB, Germany and Aviano AB, Italy traveled to Iceland to participate in Exercise Northern Challenge 2016. The training, which began Sept 12, focused on disabling improvised explosive devices and was intended to prepare countries enrolled in NATO’s Partnership for Peace program for deployments. Other participants included forces from Germany, Denmark, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Great Britain, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Italy, and the Netherlands, according to a release. “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 at Aviano.