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Press Release | Aug. 30, 2018

U.S. participates in Exercise Bright Star in Egypt

Aug. 30, 2018

Release Number 20180830-01



TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. military forces will join the Egyptian armed forces for Exercise Bright Star 2018 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt, Sept. 8 - 20.


Approximately 800 U.S. military service will participate in this exercise for the second year in a row. The focus this year will be on regional security and cooperation, and promoting interoperability in irregular warfare scenarios.


Bright Star will include a Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal, a coastal patrol boat missile and gunnery exercises, as well as command post and field training exercises. The command post exercise will focus on unconventional forces conducting operations against coalition forces, and the field training exercise will emphasize tactical interdiction against a hybrid threat. A senior leaders’ seminar will be held at the end to discuss best practices.


The Bright Star exercise builds on the strategic security relationship between Egypt and the United States, which plays a leading role in counterterrorism, regional security, and efforts to combat the spread of extremism. The first Bright Star exercise took place in 1980.


Questions may be directed to the Maxwell Stoneman, deputy press attaché, U.S. Embassy in Cairo at





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