An Egyptian military member finds refuge from the mid-day sun in the shade of one of the taxis allowed entrance to Cairo West Air Base. Due to dangerous driving conditions in Egypt, US military members participating in BRIGHT STAR 01/02 must be escorted on and off base via contracted taxis. BRIGHT STAR is a multinational exercise involving more than 74,000 troops from 44 countries that enhances regional stability and military-to-military cooperation between the US, key allies, and 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