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Airpower Summary: April 19

Release Number: 240410

4/23/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations April 19 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan

Konduz, Regional Command-North
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces dismounted patrol. Aircrews observed enemy forces setting up an enemy machine gun fighting position, confirmed coordinates and released a precision-guided munition on the enemy position. The enemy position was eliminated.

Morghab, RC-W
U. S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Pilots conducted a show of force, with flares launched, over the area. The show of force was confirmed successful by ground control.

Qalat, RC-S
F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces convoy stalled by an improvised explosive device. The aircrews conducted a show of force to deter anti-Afghan activity in the area. Joint terminal attack controllers confirmed the show of force was successful.

Abu Kala, RC-S
Coalition aircrews provided armed overwatch for Afghan National Security Forces and surveillance for suspicious activity in the area. The aircrews conducted a show of force when Afghan forces came under enemy fire.

Airlift Action

Oruzgan Province, RC-S
U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrews flew combat-resupply missions in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 5,000 and 7,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Farah Province, RC-W
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-airdrop mission in Farah Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 30,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Badghis Province, RC-W
U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Badghis Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 4,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Paktika Province, RC-E
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircrew flew a combat-airdrop mission in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 70,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Zabul Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircrew flew a combat airdrop mission in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 71,000 pounds of 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: 83
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 22

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 35
Sorties flown in Iraq: 29

On April 18
Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 171
Short tons of delivered cargo: 835
Passengers: approximately 2,800
Airdropped cargo: approximately 187,000 pounds

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 49
Fuel delivered: approximately 3.0 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 223

Personnel Recovery, Casualty Evacuation and Aero-medical Evacuations:
Casualty Evacuation -- Air Force Rescue Airmen transported 9 patients
Saves: 3
Assists: 6
Other: 0
Hero Flights: 0
Sorties flown to support OEF: 24
Sorties flown to support OIF: 4



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