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Dec. 9 airpower summary

12/10/2009 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Dec. 9 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air operations in Afghanistan:
Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. A show of force was requested to deter enemy action when personnel were observed acting suspiciously along a road. The show of force was considered successful when no enemy action was noted.

No significant air operations were reported in Iraq.

Airpower statistics:

Air mobility:
Air Force airlift sorties: 116
Short tons of delivered cargo: 622
Passengers: nearly 3,300
Airdropped cargo: nearly 80,000 pounds

Close-air support:
Sorties flown to support ISAF and Afghan security forces: 15
Sorties flown to support Operation Iraqi Freedom: 26

Surveillance and reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: Eight
Sorties flown in Iraq: 27
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: Two (Navy)
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: Two (Air Force)

Medical evacuation:
On Dec. 8, Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk aircrew and pararescue Airmen transported three patients

Aerial refueling:
Sorties flown: 38
Fuel delivered: nearly 2.7 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 201

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