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Airpower Summary: January 22

Release Number: 260110

1/26/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations January 22, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan:

Soltani
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for Coalition forces. The Coalition forces reported taking enemy small arms fire and requested a show of force. A show of force was conducted, with flares expended, and successfully stopped the enemy action.

Later, more F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for a friendly convoy. The aircrew conducted a show of force to deter potential anti-Afghan forces activity in the vicinity of the convoy. The show of force, with flares launched, was successful as no enemy action was noted.

Surkhabad
U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The pilots were tasked with several missions while on station. First, pilots conducted a show of force for friendly forces taking enemy small arms fire. The show of force was considered successful when the enemy fire ceased. Then, when friendly forces reported taking enemy fire at another location, pilots conducted armed overwatch of a compound thought to be the source of enemy fire.

Chahar Bagh
U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The pilots were re-assigned to conduct reconnaissance of a suspicious compound then resumed their previous tasking. When an anti-coalition forces rocket-propelled-grenade team was observed in the area, pilots conducted a show of force to deter a possible enemy engagement. The show of force was successful as no action was noted.

Musa Qala
Coalition pilots were providing armed overwatch for friendly forces when they were tasked to conduct reconnaissance for any enemy forces in the vicinity of friendly forces. The pilots conducted a show of force in order to deter enemy action as friendly forces came under attack. The show of force was declared successful when no further enemy action was noted.

Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircrews conducted a show of force to deter enemy activity. The show of force was declared successful when the 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: 79
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 16

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 33
Sorties flown in Iraq: 26
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: NONE
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF)

On January 21
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: 227

Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 167
Short tons of delivered cargo: 711
Passengers: nearly 4,500
Airdropped cargo: nearly 125,000 pounds



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