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Airpower Summary: March 28

Release Number: 330310

4/1/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations March 28 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan

Asadabad, Regional Command-East
A B-1B Lancer aircrew released precision-guided munitions against an enemy position. Ground commanders declared the weapons release successful.

A B-1B Lancer aircrew provided armed overwatch to friendly ground forces and conducted a show of force. Ground commanders declared the show of force successful.

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces who came under attack by enemy personnel. The aircrews released precision-guided munitions against enemy positions, successfully meeting the ground commander's intent.

U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots supported joint terminal attack controllers and friendly ground forces. The pilots released precision-guided munitions against an enemy position, neutralizing enemy threats, meeting the ground-commander's intent.

Sangin, RC-S
Coalition pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly ground forces and convoys. Operators released a missile against an enemy position. The weapons release met the ground commander's content.

Mushan, RC-S
U.S. Air Force MQ-9A Reaper operators released a missile against enemy personnel placing an improvised explosive device in a roadway. The weapon release met the ground commander's intent.

Sheykhabad, RC-E
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly ground forces who reported taking enemy fire. Aircrews conducted a show of force, releasing flares, to deter enemy action. Ground commanders declared the show of force successful.

U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces conducting searches of buildings. When friendly ground forces came under small-arms fire from enemy personnel in a mosque and requested a show of force to deter enemy action. Pilots conducted a show of force, meeting the ground commander's intent.

Asmar, RC-E
U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots conducted armed reconnaissance and provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Friendly forces, under attack from small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades, requested pilots release precision-guided munitions against enemy positions. Pilots released precision-guided munitions and ground commanders reported the engagement was successful.

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews conducted armed reconnaissance near friendly ground forces. Enemy forces attacked with heavy-machine gun and small-arms fire. Aircrews released precision-guided munitions against enemy positions, successfully neutralizing hostile threats to the friendly forces.

Qal-E-Naw, RC-W
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces under attack by enemy forces. The aircrews conducted a show of force, releasing flares. Ground commanders declared the show of force successful.

Sol Tani, RC-E
U.S Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces patrol and conducted a show of force to counter enemy small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. A joint terminal attack controller declared the show of force successful.

Salerno, RC-E
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for a Coalition convoy that encountered an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire. The aircrews conducted shows of force. Ground commanders declared the shows of force successful.

Musa Qaleh, RC-S
U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly ground forces and conducted armed reconnaissance. The pilots conducted a show of force, releasing multiple flares, near friendly forces attacked earlier by enemy personnel. The pilots noted that desired effects were achieved.

Khaval, RC-N
Coalition aircrews conducted armed reconnaissance for a Coalition convoy and shows of force and presence, releasing flares. Friendly ground forces reported the shows of force and presence were successful.

Tani, RC-E
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces under attack by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire by enemy forces. The aircrews conducted a show of force to deter enemy action. Ground commanders declared the show of force successful.

Airlift Action

Zabul Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-airdrop mission in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 20,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Oruzgan Province, RC-S
U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrews flew combat airdrop missions in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 74,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Air Operations in Iraq:

Nothing significant to report today

Air Power Statistics:

Close Air Support:
Sorties flown to support ISAF & Afghan security forces: 80
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 16

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 35
Sorties flown in Iraq: 28

On March 27
Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 174
Short tons of delivered cargo: 803
Passengers: approximately 4,200
Airdropped cargo: approximately 94,000 pounds

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 47
Fuel delivered: approximately 2.4 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 198

Personnel Recovery, Casualty Evacuation and Aero-medical Evacuations:
Casualty Evacuation -- Air Force Rescue Airmen transported 16 patients
Saves: 5
Assists: 11
Other: 0
Hero Flights: 0
Sorties flown to support OEF: 9
Sorties flown to support OIF: 2



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