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Airpower Summary: December 30

Release Number: 361209

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 30, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan:

Lashkar Gah
Air Force MQ-1B Predator aircraft provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces operation. Friendly forces requested air power for self defense. The Predator delivered a missile against a suspected enemy position and succeeded in destroying an enemy fighting position. No further enemy action was noted.

Chahar Bagh
Air Force MQ-1B Predator aircraft provided armed overwatch and force protection for a friendly-forces operation. The Predator observed enemy forces digging in the ground in order to plant an improvised explosive device. Friendly forces then reported enemy fire from the direction of the diggers. A missile was fired on the enemy's coordinates and was considered successful when the threat to friendly forces was eliminated.

Karokh
Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft provided armed overwatch and surveillance for a friendly-forces convoy. The convoy had previously taken enemy fire and was expecting an ambush. The B-1B observed multiple enemy shots fired at the convoy and requested permission to release munitions to defend the convoy. Precision-guided munitions destroyed enemy fighting positions and the convoy continued to its destination.

Bagram
Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft provided armed overwatch for a Coalition Forces convoy. When friendly forces reported enemy personnel massing along the convoy route, a show of force was requested to deter any enemy aggression. The show of force was deemed successful when the enemy dispersed without any action taken.

Konduz
Air Force F-16C aircraft provided armed overwatch for a friendly forces convoy. The aircraft observed no suspicious activity along the convoy route and was requested to conduct a show of force to deter any potential enemy activity. The show of force was successful as no enemy action was noted and the convoy reached its destination.

Kandahar
Coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch and reconnaissance for friendly forces. The aircraft was instructed to conduct a show of force over an area where suspicious people were observed in the act of possibly planting an improvised explosive device. The show of force, with flares expended, succeeded as the suspicious personnel turned out to be farmers with a problem and no enemy action was noted.

Morghab
F-16C aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Once on station, the aircraft responded to a friendly-forces request for a show of force to continue deterrence of any enemy action. The show of force was deemed successful when no enemy action was reported.

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: 150
Short tons of delivered cargo: 824
Passengers: nearly 2,400
Airdropped cargo: nearly 90,000 pounds

Close Air Support:
Sorties flown to support ISAF & Afghan security forces: 67
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 16

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 34
Sorties flown in Iraq: 22
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: NONE
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF)

Medical Evacuation:
On December 29, Air Force HH-60 aircrews and Pararescue Airmen transported 7 patients

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 31
Fuel delivered: nearly 2.0million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 140



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