A view of the flight line at Beni Sueif AB, Egypt during Exercise BRIGHT STAR 01/02 with USAF F-16C Falcon aircraft, USMC F-18 Hornet aircraft and a USAF C-130 Hercules aircraft visible. BRIGHT STAR 01/02 is a multinational exercise involving more than 74,000 troops from 44 countries that enhances regional stability and military-to-military cooperation among our key allies, and our regional partners. It prepares US Central Command to rapidly deploy and employ the forces needed to deter aggressors and, if necessary, fight and win side-by-side with our allies and regional partners