|Air Force, Army practice supply drops during Bright Star|
By U.S. Army Central Public Affairs
MUBARAK MILITARY CITY, Egypt (Oct. 16, 2009) — During Exercise Bright Star 2009, a joint training exercise co-sponsored by Egypt and the United States, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division conducted a containerized delivery drop using C-17 Globemasters to re-supply the 10-army coalition force with food and water in the field, Tuesday.
“We are here to sustain the force without a landing strip. Air dropping supplies is the primary means to re-supply the force, it’s important to represent that ability.” said Maj. Matt Mobley, operations officer, 1-325th Inf. Regt. “We have this capability to employ this in the future to support the coalition. In order for us to work together on the modern battlefield, we will need this skill.”
In 1981, Bright Star started with two nations, Egypt and the United States. Now, 28 years later, service members from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Turkey and the United Kingdom train with Americans and Egyptians to build relationships and develop, refine and improve interoperability in this region. U.S. Central Command and Third Army spearheaded this year’s operation.