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Texas Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Airborne Regiment, receive a pre-flight brief from a U.S. Air Force loadmaster assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing before conducting an airborne operation over Egypt in support of exercise Bright Star 23, Sept. 7, 2023. Bright Star 23 is a multilateral U.S. Central Command exercise held with the Arab Republic of Egypt across air, land, and sea domains that promotes and enhances regional security and cooperation, and improves interoperability in irregular warfare against hybrid threat scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Long)
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