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  • Operation Bright Star


    Missions

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    Deployable Units:

    • 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division "Spartans"
      • Alpha Company, First Battalion 30th Infantry Reg, 3rd Infantry Division
      • Bravo Company, First Battalion 30th Infantry Reg, 3rd Infantry Division
    • 2nd Aviation Detachment, 3rd Infantry Division
    • US Army Support elements

    Background

    Operation Bright Star is a series of combined and joint training exercises led by United States and Coalition Forces around the World. It is designed to strengthen ties between the Coalition Armed Forces and the United States Central Command and demonstrate and enhance the ability of the Americans to reinforce their allies in the Middle East in the event of war. These deployments usually are centered in europe and parts of Africa. During the period following the liberation of Kuwait (Operation Desert Storm), these exercises have grown larger and have included as many as 11 countries and 70,000 personnel. Other allied nations joining Bright Star exercises include the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates.

    The exercise begins with coalition interoperability training to teach nations how to operate with one another in a wartime environment, then continues with a Command Post Exercise designed to help standardize command and control procedures, and then a large-scale Field Training Exercise to practice everything together.

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