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Airpower Summary: April 15

Release Number: 200410

4/20/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations April 15 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan

Bagram, Regional Command-East
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircrew provided armed overwatch and area reconnaissance for a friendly forces convoy. The aircrew conducted a show of force to deter enemy action. The show of force was reported successful by joint terminal attack controllers.

U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The aircrews conducted a show of force, with flares launched, that ground controllers declared successful.

Konduz, RC-N
Numerous U.S. Air Force aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces convoys, ground patrols and a medical evacuation operation. Aircrews flying F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-15E Strike Eagles and a B-1B Lancer conducted shows of force, some with flares launched, and a show of presence to deter enemy action in the area. All shows of force and the show of presence were deemed successful by ground controllers as the intent of each requested action was met.

Surkhabad, RC-S
Coalition and U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Shows of force were conducted, some with flares launched, to deter enemy activity and enemy heavy-weapons fire against friendly forces. Ground controllers determined the shows of force to be successful when no further enemy action was noted.

Ghazni, RC-E
U.S. Air Force F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for a Coalition forces convoy. The aircrews conducted a show of force to deter anti-Afghan forces activity in the vicinity of the convoy. The show of force, with flares launched, was declared successful by ground controllers.

Balocan, RC-S
U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. At the direction of friendly ground forces, pilots conducted shows of force, with flares launched, to deter enemy action. The shows of force were reported successful.

Sheykhabad, RC-E
F-16C pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces and a helicopter operation. A show of force was conducted to deter enemy fire against friendly forces. The show of force was declared successful when enemy fire ceased.

Airlift Action

Paktika Province, RC-E
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, airdropping 60,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Helmand Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 35,000 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: 85
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 22

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 43
Sorties flown in Iraq: 27

On April 14
Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 174
Short tons of delivered cargo: 883
Passengers: approximately 3,400
Airdropped cargo: approximately 95,000 pounds

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 47
Fuel delivered: approximately 3 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 228

Personnel Recovery, Casualty Evacuation and Aero-medical Evacuations:
Casualty Evacuation -- Air Force Rescue Airmen transported 28 patients
Saves: 4
Assists: 23
Other: 1
Hero Flights: 0
Sorties flown to support OEF: 44
Sorties flown to support OIF: 7



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