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Airpower Summary: January 20

Release Number: 240110

1/23/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations January 20, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan:

Asadabad
Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots provided armed overwatch and reconnaissance for a friendly-forces resupply convoy. The pilots were re-directed to destroy a known enemy firing position for the purpose of terrain denial. A precision-guided munition was released against the target and pilots and ground forces reported a successful strike.

Kandahar
An Air Force B-1BLancer aircrew provided armed overwatch and reconnaissance for friendly forces. The crew was tasked with several missions while on station. First, the crew conducted a reconnaissance of a highway and a show of presence to reassure friendly ground forces the B-1 crew was on station. Next, while friendly forces met with local leaders, the B-1 crew conducted surveillance of several named areas of interest and compounds for any suspicious personnel and activity. Last, when a friendly convoy was struck by an improvised explosive device, the crew conducted show of force to deter further enemy action and allow friendly forces to secure the convoy.

U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet pilots provided armed overwatch, reconnaissance and escort for a Coalition forces convoy. The pilots conducted shows of force for the convoy to deter any potential enemy action in the vicinity of the convoy. The shows of force were considered successful as no enemy action was noted.

Qal-E-Naw
Air Force F-16C pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces and escorted a friendly-forces convoy. The convoy reported enemy small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire from personnel on motorcycles. The enemy personnel were next observed ahead of the convoy so pilots conducted a show of force to deter any further aggression from the enemy. The show of force was successful as no further action was noted.

Lashkar Gah
Pilots and aircrews flying Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II and U.S. Navy F/A-18Faircraft provided armed overwatch for Coalition forces. The pilots conducted shows of force, with flares launched, when Coalition forces reported taking enemy small arms fire. The shows of force were declared successful when no further enemy action was noted.

Balocan
Navy F/A-18C Hornet pilots provided armed overwatch for Coalition forces. They conducted a show of force over enemy forces in a compound who were firing small arms at Coalition forces. The show of force was declared successful when the enemy fire ceased.

Asmar
Air Force F-16C pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces and surveillance of known enemy fighting positions, looking for any suspicious activity. The pilots conducted a show of force over enemy personnel and the show of force was declared successful.

Chahar Bagh
Coalition pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The pilots were also tasked to perform surveillance for potential enemy forces around friendly forces positions preparing for an indirect-fire attack. When small arms fire was reported, Coalition pilots conducted a show of force to deter enemy action in the area. The show of force was declared successful when no enemy action was noted.

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: 85
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 18

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 32
Sorties flown in Iraq: 25
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: NONE
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF)

On January 19
Medical Evacuation:
Air Force HH-60 aircrews and Pararescue Airmen transported 7 patients

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 40
Fuel delivered: nearly 3.0 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 217

Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 165
Short tons of delivered cargo: 680
Passengers: nearly 3,600
Airdropped cargo: nearly 30,000 pounds



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