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Airpower Summary: January 23

Release Number: 270110

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

Air Operations in Afghanistan:

Tarin Kowt
An Air Force B-1B Lancer aircrew provided armed overwatch and reconnaissance for a friendly-forces convoy and patrol. The aircrew was conducted a show of force to deter potential enemy action while a patrol traveled through a possible ambush area. The show of force was considered a success when no enemy aggression was noted.

Chahar Bagh
Navy F/A-18C Hornet pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. First, the pilots conducted a show of force as soon as they were on station to deter potential enemy action in the area. Later, pilots were briefly re-assigned to conduct surveillance of suspicious personnel in the middle of a road and conducted a show of force to deter possible enemy aggression. The shows of force were successful as no action was noted in either event.

A B-1B Lancer aircrew provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces patrol. The aircrew conducted a show of force to deter potential enemy action. The show of force was considered a success when no enemy aggression was noted. The aircrew also provided armed overwatch for a medical evacuation to ensure no enemy action occurred during the extraction operation.

Surkhabad
Pilots flying Navy F/A-18C aircraft provided armed overwatch and route reconnaissance for Coalition forces and an Afghan National Army patrol. When friendly forces reported taking small arms fire, the pilots conducted shows of force over a suspected enemy compound in order to deter enemy fire while personnel evacuated the area. The shows of force, some with flares launched, were declared successful when no further enemy action was noted.

Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. First, pilots conducted shows of force to deter a possible enemy attack. The shows of force, with flares launched, were considered successful when the enemy attack did not occur. Then, pilots provided armed overwatch of the area to deter any other potential enemy.

F/A-18C pilots provided armed overwatch for Coalition forces. The pilots conducted shows of force over an anti-Coalition enemy position to deter enemy fire directed against Coalition forces. The shows of force, some with flares launched, were successful as the enemy action ceased.

A-10 pilots provided armed reconnaissance for friendly forces. The pilots scouted for any suspicious activity on compound rooftops. When suspicious personnel were observed watching friendly forces, pilots conducted a show of force and enemy personnel left the rooftop allowing the pilots to resume reconnaissance of the area.

Sangin
Coalition pilots provided surveillance of suspicious compounds and when suspicious personnel were observed, they conducted a show of force to deter any possible enemy activity in the area. The show of force was declared successful when the no enemy action was noted.

Lashkar Gah
Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier pilots provided armed reconnaissance for friendly forces. The pilots observed several individuals that were in and out of a compound several times, carrying items out and dropping them off. They were then tasked to conduct a show of force in order to deter the action and the show of force was determined successful when the personnel scattered.

Shahidan
Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for a Coalition forces convoy. The aircrews conducted a shows of force and presence to deter any potential enemy action in the vicinity of the convoy. Both were declared successful when no enemy action was noted. Later, the aircrews provided armed overwatch for a disabled helicopter until relieved.

Moqor
U.S. Navy F/A-18E aircrews provided armed overwatch for a Coalition forces patrol. The aircrews conducted a show of force to deter enemy action while the patrol traveled through a village. The show of force was successful and the patrol returned to base without incident.

Kandahar
Coalition pilots provided armed overwatch for a stalled friendly-forces convoy. The pilots conducted a shows of presence and force over the convoy in order to deter potential enemy action while the convoy was stopped. Both were declared successful when no enemy action was noted.

Air Operations in Iraq:

Baqubah
Air Force F-16C pilots provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces convoy. The convoy was enroute to a site reporting indirect enemy fire and the pilots were tasked to conduct shows of force to deter enemy fire against the convoy. The shows of force were deemed successful when no enemy action was reported.

Air Power Statistics:

Close Air Support:
Sorties flown to support ISAF & Afghan security forces: 61
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 18

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 20
Sorties flown in Iraq: 28
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: NONE
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF)

On January 22
Medical Evacuation:
Air Force HH-60 aircrews and Pararescue Airmen transported 6 patients

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 45
Fuel delivered: nearly 2.9 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 209

Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 183
Short tons of delivered cargo: 872
Passengers: nearly 4,400
Airdropped cargo: nearly 150,000 pounds



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