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CENTAF releases airpower summary for Jan. 28

1/28/2007 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Jan. 28.

In Afghanistan Jan. 27, U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles provided close-air support for International Security Assistance Force troops in contact with enemy forces near Moqor and Worzhanah Kalay. An F-15 expended a guided bomb unit-39 on enemy positions.

A B1-B Lancer provided close-air support to ISAF troops in contact with enemy forces near Jalalabad. The B1-B expended GBU-38s on enemy positions.

A B-1B and Royal Air Force M-2000 provided close-air support for ISAF troops in contact with enemy forces near Carlson.

In total, 27 close-air support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Additionally, eight Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.

In Iraq, F-16 Fighting Falcons conducted a strike against anti-Iraqi forces near Taji. The F-16s expended GBU-31s on enemy targets.

Navy F-18s also conducted a strike against anti-Iraqi forces near Fallujah. The F-18s expended rockets on enemy targets.

F-16s provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad, Tikrit and Diyala.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 44 close-air support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

Additionally, 15 Air Force, Navy and Royal Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. An Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a non-traditional ISR role with electro-optical and infrared sensors.

Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. They flew more than 160 airlift sorties, delivered more than 470 tons of cargo and transported more than 4,200 passengers. This included about 24,000 pounds of troop re-supply airdropped in eastern Afghanistan.

Coalition C-130 crews from Canada flew in support of OIF or OEF.

On Jan. 26, Air Force, Royal Air Force and French Air Force tankers flew 29 sorties and off-loaded more than 1.7 million pounds of fuel.

"The air refuelers are critical to mission success. They provide us with a great deal of flexibility. They also complete their missions with a high degree of professionalism and tenacity," said Navy Capt. Stephen Foley, Combined Air Operation Center battle director.

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