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Airpower Summary: January 8, 2010

Release Number: 110110

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

Air Operations in Afghanistan:

Musa Qala
Coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Friendly forces requested air support after observing a suspicious vehicle and passed coordinates to the Coalition pilot, who conducted a show of force with numerous flares expended, to deter any potential enemy action. No enemy action was noted following the show of force.

Asadabad
An aircrew flying an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft provided armed overwatch and force protection for friendly forces. Friendly forces reported taking small-arms and rocket-propelled-grenade fire from a ridgeline and a precision-guided munition was utilized to eliminate the threat to friendly forces. The enemy firing position was destroyed and enemy fire ceased.

Washir
Coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The ground forces reported possible enemy forces along a wood-line position. Friendly forces requested a show of force to deter any potential enemy action. The show of force was successful as no enemy action was reported.

Gardez
F-15E aircraft provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces dismounted patrol. The aircrews were requested to conduct a show of force for continued deterrence of any enemy action. The show of force, with flares expended, were successful as no enemy action was noted.

Orgun-E
F-15E aircraft provided armed overwatch for a Coalition forces dismounted patrol. The aircrews conducted a show of force for continued deterrence of any enemy action. The show of force was successful as no enemy action was noted.

Chahar Bagh
Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly-forces patrols. Shows of force were requested to deter enemy fire on the patrols. No enemy action was noted after the shows of force.

Air Force A-10 pilots provided armed overwatch for several friendly-forces patrols in the area. When the patrols reported observing suspicious activity in the area, shows of force were requested to deter potential enemy activity. The shows of force were successful in deterring any enemy action.

Coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Once the aircraft were on station, they conducted a show of force over the friendly forces. This show of force successfully deterred any potential enemy action.

Konduz
Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces convoy. Shows of force were conducted and achieved desired results.

Air Operations in Iraq:

There was no significant action to report today.

Air Power Statistics:

Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 158
Short tons of delivered cargo: 832
Passengers: nearly 4,100
Airdropped cargo: nearly 80,000 pounds

Close Air Support:
Sorties flown to support ISAF & Afghan security forces: 66
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 22

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 34
Sorties flown in Iraq: 27
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: NONE
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF)

On January 07
Medical Evacuation:
Air Force HH-60 aircrews and Pararescue Airmen transported 7 patients

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 45
Fuel delivered: nearly 3.3 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 244



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