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Airpower Summary: December 29

Release Number: 351209

1/1/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations December 29, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan:

Asadabad
Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The friendly forces requested air power assistance in the form of a precision guided munition. The F-16 delivered a precision munition against a suspected enemy position and succeeded in destroying the enemy fighting position. No further enemy action was noted.

Asmar
Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The friendly forces requested a show of force. The show of force, with flares expended, was considered successful when no enemy action was noted.

Konduz
F-16C aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. A show of force was requested overhead due to recent enemy small arms fire in the area. The show of force was performed and considered successful when no additional enemy fire was noted.

Balocan
Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. When friendly forces reported taking enemy small-arms fire they requested air support. The points of origin for the enemy fire were confirmed and coordinates passed to the aircraft. The aircraft marked the target with rockets, then made numerous cannon-fire strafing runs on the enemy fighting position along a treeline. The strafing runs successfully ended the enemy fire against friendly forces.

Chahar Bagh
Coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The aircraft observed suspicious activity in an enemy compound and friendly forces reported receiving enemy fire from the direction of the enemy compound. A request for a show of force to deter the enemy action was received. The show of force was successful as no further enemy fire was noted.

Jalalabad
F-15E aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The aircraft was instructed to perform a show of force over an area where friendly forces were operating to deter any potential enemy action. The show of force, with flares expended, succeeded as no enemy action was noted.

Lashkar Gah
Coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Once on station, the aircraft responded to a friendly forces request for a show of force. The friendly forces reported taking enemy fire from several directions. The show of force was deemed successful when the enemy fire ceased.

Mushan
Coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch and reconnaissance for friendly forces. A request for a show of force was received when enemy forces were observed in the vicinity of friendly forces. The show of force was successful in deterring any potential enemy action as none was noted.

Air Operations in Iraq:

No significant action to report in the last 24 hours.

Air Power Statistics:

Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 153
Short tons of delivered cargo: 712
Passengers: nearly 2,700
Airdropped cargo: nearly 155,000 pounds

Close Air Support:
Sorties flown to support ISAF & Afghan security forces: 62
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 18

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 33
Sorties flown in Iraq: 28
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: NONE
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF)

Medical Evacuation:
On December 28, Air Force HH-60 aircrews and Pararescue Airmen transported 11 patients

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 36
Fuel delivered: nearly 2.4million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 176



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