U.S., Egypt conduct joint CPX during Bright Star 2017

September 11, 2017
Story by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles
U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs 

MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt – U.S. and Egyptian service members are conducting a joint command-post exercise as part of bilateral exercise Bright Star 2017, Sept. 10 – 20, at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt.

Designed to train a unit commander and their staff, a command-post exercise uses simulated events, notional units and an environment to exercise their communication channels with higher headquarters and any subordinate units to achieve an overall outcome.

“A command-post exercise provides an environment where we can train a command and their staff in a simulated environment, which allows the U.S. military to increase their readiness,” said John Harris, U.S. Army Central Command training and exercise planner.

During Bright Star’s 5-day command post exercise, a combined battalion staff from both, U.S. and Egyptian service members, will be afforded an opportunity to partner together and focus on a scenario involving fictional unconventional forces conducting operations against coalition forces.

According to Egyptian Maj. Gen. Khaled Khairy, Bright Star 2017 exercise director for the Egyptian armed forces, training such as a command-post exercise is vital in training leaders on multiple critical areas.

“Wargames such as a CPX is considered one of the best ways to train commanders on making decisions, troop leading procedures and acting through emergencies,” he said. “This exercise also helps in exchanging expertise, increasing understanding and the ability of joint cooperation.”

Bright Star is a combined command-post and field training exercise aimed at enhancing regional security and stability by responding to modern-day security scenarios with the Arab Republic of Egypt.

“The focus of Bright Star 17 is to allow the U.S. and the Egyptian soldiers to meet and work together to solve a common problem in the region,” Harris said. “It also allows them to view each other’s processes, learn best practices, and more importantly develop relationships both, professional and personal, with other foreign nations.”

Harris also stated that the success of Bright Star 17 is due to the cooperation of both countries participating.

“I think anyone attending Bright Star would be taken back by the amount of cooperation that occurs within the training audience,” he said. “Especially, the amount of work and cooperation that happens between the Egyptian and the U.S. counterparts.”

Bright Star was last held in 2009 with more than 15 countries and 15,000 participants.