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Airpower Summary: May 26

Release Number: 290510

5/27/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations May 26, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan

Chahar Bagh, Regional Command - South
Coalition operators provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Operators observed enemy forces firing a weapon at friendly forces and received ground controllers' permission to engage enemy forces. Operators released a missile and eliminated the threat to friendly forces.

Later, U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots, U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircrews and Coalition aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Pilots and aircrews conducted shows of force, one with flares launched, to stop enemy fire, deter an imminent attack against friendly forces and deter enemy activity in the area. The shows of force were determined successful by ground controllers.

Ghazni, RC-E
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews and U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly-forces convoys that encountered improvised explosive devices. Friendly forces reported taking harassing enemy fire while waiting on medevac units so aircrews and pilots conducted shows of presence and shows of force to deter enemy action. The medevac operation was successful and the convoys continued when no further enemy action was noted.

Morghab, RC-W
Coalition aircrews and U.S. Air Force F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces convoy, friendly dismounted patrol and area reconnaissance for suspicious activity. Aircrews conducted a shows of presence and shows of force to deter enemy activity. Coalition aircrews released a precision-guided munition against an enemy position firing on friendly forces. Ground controllers declared the actions successful when enemy fire ceased.

Konduz, RC-N
U.S. Air Force F-15-E aircrews provided armed overwatch and close air support for a friendly-forces convoy. When the convoy reported taking enemy fire, the enemy fighting position was marked and aircrews conducted multiple strafing runs. Later, a show of force was conducted, with flares launched to deter enemy action. Ground controllers declared the actions successful.

Asmar, RC-E
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces and a friendly-forces convoy. Aircrews conducted a show of presence to reassure ground forces air power was overhead, which ground controllers declared successful.

Sheykhabad, RC-E
U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Aircrews conducted a show of presence, which ground controllers determined successful.

Soltani, RC-E
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircrew provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The aircrew conducted a show of force to intimidate and deter enemy forces activity during a friendly forces exfiltration. Ground controllers reported the action successful.

Ghecko, RC-E
U.S. Air Force A-10 pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Pilots conducted a show of force to deter enemy small-arms fire. The show of force was determined successful by Coalition and joint terminal attack controllers.

Airlift Action

Badghis, RC-W
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a low-cost, low-altitude airdrop in Badghis Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 1,200 pounds of supplies to friendly forces.

Air Operations in Iraq:

Nothing significant to report today.

Air Power Statistics:

Close Air Support:
Sorties flown to support ISAF & Afghan security forces: 83
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 22

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 53
Sorties flown in Iraq: 25

On May 25
Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 204
Short tons of delivered cargo: 836
Passengers: approximately 4,500
Airdropped cargo: approximately 1,200 pounds

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 59
Fuel delivered: approximately 3.4 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 257

Personnel Recovery, Casualty Evacuation and Aero-medical Evacuations:
Casualty Evacuation -- Air Force Rescue Airmen transported 12 patients.
Saves: 2
Assists: 10
Other: 0
Hero Flights: 0
Sorties flown to support OEF: 20
Sorties flown to support OIF: 2



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