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Airpower Summary: February 6

Release Number: 100210

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

Air Operations in Afghanistan:

Close Air Support

Balocan, Regional Command-South
U. S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The aircrews conducted a show of force to deter anti-Afghan forces activity. The show of force was declared successful by ground control.

U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet pilots provided reconnaissance of a convoy route and over an enemy compound. When suspicious personnel were observed, the pilots conducted a show of force, launching numerous flares, to deter potential enemy action. The show of force was determined successful by ground control.

Airlift Action

Badghis Province, RC-W
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Badghis Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 36,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Afghanistan
A U.S. Air Force C-130 aircrew distributed informational leaflets via airdrop to locations across Afghanistan.

Helmund Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Helmund Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 48,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

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: 44
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 12

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 14
Sorties flown in Iraq: 32
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: NONE
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF)

On February 05
Medical Evacuation:
Air Force HH-60 aircrews and Pararescue Airmen transported 3 patients

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 31
Fuel delivered: nearly 1.8million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 112

Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 144
Short tons of delivered cargo: 794
Passengers: nearly 2,900
Airdropped cargo: nearly 85,000 pounds



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