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Oct. 6 airpower summary: Airlift crews keep missions moving forward

10/8/2009 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Oct. 6, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Near Nuristan, coalition aircraft continued to provide responsive airpower to friendly forces on the ground.

Coalition aircraft flew armed overwatch in the Lashkar Gah area. Friendly forces reported receiving enemy fire and requested airpower assistance. A show of force was conducted and successfully deterred further enemy action.

Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft were providing armed overwatch for friendly ground forces at Oruzgan when the unit took small-arms fire. The point of origin for the enemy fire was confirmed and a show of force was made with flares expended. The action was considered successful.

Near Shurakian, Navy F/A-18C Hornet aircraft provided overwatch for a coalition forces' convoy. A show of force was requested to deter any enemy action while the convoy passed through the area. The show of force was successful in deterring enemy fire.

Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft were providing armed overwatch for friendly forces at Oruzgan. A show of force was requested and executed to deter anti-Afghan forces' activity in the area. The show of force was considered successful.

In the vicinity of Gereshk F/A-18C aircraft were providing armed overwatch for coalition force patrols when they came under enemy small-arms fire. The coalition forces requested shows of force to deter the enemy aggression. They reported the shows of force as successful when the enemy fire ceased.

At Asadabad, Air Force F-16C and F-15E aircraft provided overwatch for friendly forces. An enemy position was identified in the area and precision-guided munitions were successfully employed destroying the threat. Several shows of force were also successfully conducted to deter further enemy action.

In Asmar, F-16C aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces that were searching for hostile personnel. When suspicious activity was noted, several precision-guided munitions were deployed on a confirmed target successfully eliminating an imminent threat.

In Iraq, Air Force F-16C aircraft were in the vicinity of Fall Far when friendly forces requested a show of force. The show of force was performed and declared successful.

Thirty Air Force, Navy and coalition intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, two Navy aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

In total, 86 close-air-support missions were flown in support of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Twenty-six Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, two Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

In total, 22 close-air-support missions were flown in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions integrated and synchronized with ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided overwatch for reconstruction activities, and helped to deter and disrupt hostile activities.

Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift, helping to sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.

Air Force airlift crews flew 151 airlift sorties; 774 short tons of cargo were delivered; and about 3,300 passengers were transported. This included about 130,000 pounds of aerial resupply cargo dropped over Afghanistan.

Coalition C-130 crews flew as part of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

On Oct. 5, Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters and "Guardian Angel" teams transported five patients to coalition field hospitals from locations in Afghanistan. Pararescue team members aboard located, rescued and began treatment to stabilize patients in the battlefield. The Pave Hawks transported these patients to field hospitals in less time than it takes for a civilian patient to reach emergency care by ambulance in most major cities.

Air Force aerial refueling crews flew 56 sorties and off-loaded approximately 3.8 million pounds of fuel to 304 receiving aircraft.



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