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Airpower Summary: January 9, 2010

Release Number: 120110

1/12/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations January 09, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan:

An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrew provided armed overwatch for Coalition forces. Coalition forces requested air support when an enemy fighting position and suspicious personnel were observed nearby Coalition forces. When friendly forces reported taking enemy fire, the aircrew received coordinates for the enemy position, then released precision-guided munitions against the target, which eliminated the threat. A show of force was later conducted to continue deterrence of any enemy fire.

An aircrew flying a Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft provided armed overwatch and force protection for returning friendly-forces patrols. Friendly forces were returning from patrols when they reported taking indirect enemy fire. A show of force, with flares expended, was requested to deter enemy fire on the patrols. The action was deemed successful when all enemy aggression in the area ceased. The aircraft remained overhead until the patrols were inside established friendly areas.

Musa Qala
Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft provided armed overwatch and surveillance for Coalition forces. Aircrews conducted a show of force and no enemy action was noted.

Air Operations in Iraq:

There was no significant action to report today.

Air Power Statistics:

Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 151
Short tons of delivered cargo: 530
Passengers: nearly 3,700
Airdropped cargo: nearly 90,000 pounds

Close Air Support:
Sorties flown to support ISAF & Afghan security forces: 75
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 18

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 31
Sorties flown in Iraq: 25
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: NONE
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF)

On January 08
Medical Evacuation:
Air Force HH-60 aircrews and Pararescue Airmen transported 5 patients

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 39
Fuel delivered: nearly 2.8 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 177

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