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Airpower Summary: January 13

Release Number: 170110

1/15/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations January 13, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan:

Asadabad
Pilots flying Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft provided armed overwatch and force protection for a troop insertion mission. The pilots conducted shows of force to deter potential enemy action. The shows of force were effective at preventing enemy fire during the insertion mission.

Asmar
Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch and force protection for a convoy mission. The convoy was reported to be in the vicinity of an enemy small arms and mortar team. The aircrew conducted a show of force to deter any anti-Afghan forces activity in the area. Later, aircrews conducted a show of force to deter activity by suspicious personnel on a ridge and in close proximity to the friendly forces. The shows of force were effective as no enemy activity was noted.

Lashkar Gah
Navy pilots flying F/A-18C Hornet aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The pilots were tasked with conducting a show of force over an area where friendly forces were operating. The show of force was deemed successful.

Air Operations in Iraq:

There was no significant action to report today.

Air Power Statistics:

Close Air Support:
Sorties flown to support ISAF & Afghan security forces: 81
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 2

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 32
Sorties flown in Iraq: 16
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: NONE
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF)

On January 12
Medical Evacuation:
Air Force HH-60 aircrews and Pararescue Airmen transported 4 patients

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 43
Fuel delivered: nearly 3.0 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 220

Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 164
Short tons of delivered cargo: 651
Passengers: nearly 4,900
Airdropped cargo: nearly 90,000 pounds



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