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Release No: 915-05
September 06, 2005

Exercise Bright Star to Begin Sept. 10

U.S. Central Command's Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and special operations forces components, along with military forces from Egypt and twelve other nations, will participate in Bright Star 05/06, a joint/combined training exercise in Egypt.


Bright Star 05/06, the 12th in a series, is scheduled to take place Sept. 10 through Oct. 3, 2005.


Bright Star 05/06 is the largest and most significant coalition military exercise conducted by U.S. Central Command. This exercise is an important part of U. S. Central Commands theater engagement strategy and is designed to improve readiness and interoperability and strengthen the military and professional relationships among U.S., Egyptian and participating forces.


The last Bright Star exercise conducted was in October 2001. Bright Star was scheduled for 2003 but was canceled in view of continued operations in the Global War on Terror in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere by the United States and other nations.


For more information contact U.S. Central Command Public Affairs at (813) 827-5894/5895.

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