Airpower Summary: January 02
Release Number: 050110
1/4/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations January 02, 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 Coalition forces, as well as a friendly-forces patrol. Friendly forces requested air support when an enemy fighting position and suspicious personnel were observed nearby Coalition forces. The friendly forces reported taking enemy fire. A show of force was conducted but did not stop enemy fire. Once coordinates for the enemy position and the suspicious personnel were received, the aircrew released precision-guided munitions and made numerous strafing runs against the target, which eliminated the threat. No further enemy action was noted.
Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft provided armed overwatch and force protection for Coalition forces. The friendly forces were searching and clearing known enemy fighting positions when they reported taking indirect enemy fire. A precision-guided munition was dropped in the vicinity of the enemy fighting position as a warning after confirming no non-combatants were in the area. The action was successful as all enemy aggression in the area ceased.
F-15E aircraft provided armed overwatch and surveillance for Coalition forces. Aircrews provided a show of force pass and no enemy action was noted.
Coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch and surveillance for friendly forces. The pilot observed enemy personnel massing near a bridge and requested permission to conduct a show of force. The show of force was successful as the crowd dispersed.
Coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. A show of force was conducted once the aircraft was on station. The show of force was successful as no enemy action was noted.
Air Operations in Iraq:
There was no significant action to report today.
Air Power Statistics:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 148
Short tons of delivered cargo: 737
Passengers: nearly 2,500
Airdropped cargo: nearly 50,000 pounds
Close Air Support:
Sorties flown to support ISAF & Afghan security forces: 50
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 22
Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 24
Sorties flown in Iraq: 27
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: NONE
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF)
On January 01, Air Force HH-60 aircrews and Pararescue Airmen transported 9 patients
Sorties flown: 44
Fuel delivered: nearly 2.8 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 208
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