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Airpower Summary: May 25

Release Number: 280510

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 25, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan

Konduz, Regional Command-North
U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Aircrews conducted a show of force to deter enemy activity after friendly forces reported enemy fire. When enemy forces continued firing, aircrews released precision guided munitions against an enemy position terminating enemy fire. Ground controllers declared the munitions releases successful when enemy fire ceased.

Lashkar Gah, RC-South
U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator operators provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Operators observed an improvised explosive device emplacer in an area that would pose a threat to friendly forces. Operators released a missile and eliminated a threat to friendly forces.

U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet pilots were also in the area providing armed overwatch for friendly forces. Pilots conducted a show of force, with flares launched, followed later with strafing runs against an enemy position. Joint terminal attack controllers declared the actions successful.

Morghab, RC-S
During an extended engagement, numerous aircraft were involved in providing overhead reconnaissance, as well as armed overwatch for friendly ground forces, a friendly forces dismounted patrol and a friendly forces convoy. U. S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews, a U.S. Air Force B-1B aircrew and Coalition aircrews conducted shows of force, some with flares launched, a show of presence, conducted multiple strafing runs and released precision-guided munitions against enemy fighting positions, ranging from caves and treeline positions to open field engagements. Contact with enemy forces came to an end with a final show of force that allowed the friendly forces patrol to evacuate the area with no further enemy fire.

Asadabad, RC-E
U.S. Air Force F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Aircrews released precision-guided munitions against enemy fighting positions to eliminate threats to friendly forces. Ground controllers called the engagements successful.

Soltani, RC-E
U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Aircrews conducted shows of force to deter enemy fire against friendly forces. When enemy fire did not cease, aircrews conducted a strafing run against an enemy position and enemy fire ceased. Later, aircrews conducted more shows of force to continue deterrence of enemy activity and ground controllers declared these actions successful.

Sheykhabad, RC-E
U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. When an enemy rocket firing position was identified, aircrews targeted the position with precision-guided munitions and eliminated the threat to friendly forces.

Chahar Bagh, RC-S
U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots and U.S. Navy F/A-18E aircrews provided armed overwatch for Coalition and Friendly forces. Pilots and aircrews conducted shows of force, some with flares launched, to deter enemy action when Coalition forces reported enemy fire. A-10 pilots followed this action with cannon-fire strafing runs and a final show of force. Ground controllers reported all actions successful.

Remak, RC-E
U.S. Air Force F-15E and Coalition aircrews provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces convoy. Aircrews conducted shows of force to deter enemy action when the convoy was observed encountering an improvised explosive device. Ground controllers reported the shows of force successful.

Airlift Action

Helmand Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircrew flew a combat-airdrop mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, delivering 88,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Badghis Province, RC-W
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules flew a combat-airdrop mission in Badghis Province, Afghanistan, delivering 36,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Zabul, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-airdrop mission in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, delivering 24,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Oruzgan Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircrew flew a combat-airdrop mission in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 67,000 pounds of combat-sustainment 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: 87
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 22

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 51
Sorties flown in Iraq: 25

On May 24
Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 165
Short tons of delivered cargo: 636
Passengers: approximately 3,300
Airdropped cargo: approximately 215,000 pounds

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 48
Fuel delivered: approximately 3.4 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 261

Personnel Recovery, Casualty Evacuation and Aero-medical Evacuations:
Casualty Evacuation -- Air Force Rescue Airmen transported 19 patients
Saves: 6
Assists: 12
Other: 0
Hero Flights: 1
Sorties flown to support OEF: 45
Sorties flown to support OIF: 0



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