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Airpower Summary: February 7

Release Number: 110210

2/8/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations February 07, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan:

Close Air Support

Mazar-E-Sharif, Regional Command-South
U. S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces and a helicopter medical-evacuation mission. The aircrews conducted a show of force, with flares launched, to deter anti-Afghan forces activity. The show of force was declared successful by ground control and the helicopter extraction was accomplished without incident.

Lashkar Gah, RC-S
U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircrews provided area reconnaissance for Coalition forces. When Coalition forces reported taking enemy small-arms fire, the aircrews conducted a show of force, launching numerous flares, to deter the enemy action. The show of force was determined successful by ground control when enemy fire ceased.

Airlift Action

Helmund Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Helmund Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 15,000 pounds of supplies to friendly forces.

Zabul Province, RC-W
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 15,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Uruzgan Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, airdropping combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces. The aircrew dropped approximately 35,000 pounds of supplies.

Farah Province, RC-W
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Farah Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 60,000 pounds of sustainment supplies via airdrop to friendly forces for ongoing operations.

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: 14
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 20

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 8
Sorties flown in Iraq: 31
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: 2(NAVY)
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF)

On February 06
Medical Evacuation:
Air Force HH-60 aircrews and Pararescue Airmen transported 11 patients

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 34
Fuel delivered: nearly 1.7 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 135

Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 130
Short tons of delivered cargo: 743
Passengers: nearly 2,900
Airdropped cargo: approximately 125,000 pounds



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