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STUTTGART, Germany — U.S. troops and their counterparts from nearly 40 other nations have reached the halfway point of Combined Endeavor, a U.S. European Command-sponsored exercise that’s billed as one of the world’s largest command, control and communication training events.

Live-fire drills held Wednesday at the Grafenwöhr training area aimed at testing how well multinational forces can communicate and operate alongside one another on the battlefield.

The exercise, which began Sept. 13 and runs through Sept 26, brings together more than 2,500 military communication specialists from across Europe and beyond.

Combined Endeavor participants this year include: Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United States, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, Belgium, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

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