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Release A050527f

Coalition air component assists with joint search and recovery effort

Multi-National Force-Iraq

COMBINED AIR OPERATIONS CENTER - U.S. Air Force F-16s provided close air support following the crash of an Army helicopter in the vicinity of Baquba, May 26.

One F-16 suppressed enemy fire by dropping one laser-guided GBU-12 in support of Coalition troops performing search and recovery efforts. These troops were under small arms fire from terrorists hindering their mission to recover the two helicopter crewmen killed in the accident.

An Air Force joint tactical attack controller on the ground embedded with the Army was in communication with the F-16 and directed the pilot to the impact point of the bomb.

“Supporting Coalition forces on the ground is our number one priority,” said Royal Air Force Air Commodore Simon Bryant, Combined Air Operations Center director.

“On any given day, the Coalition Air Component flies more than 100 sorties providing any mix of close air support, intra-theater airlift, tanker missions and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, all in support of ground operations,” he said.

A U.S. Air Force Predator provided full motion video surveillance of the area, supporting ground troops with their mission.


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