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Airpower Summary: April 18

Release Number: 230410

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 18 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan

Morghab, Regional Command-West
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 activity in the area. The show of force was confirmed successful by ground controllers.

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot provided armed overwatch of friendly forces. The pilot conducted shows of force, with flares launched, to deter enemy fire on the friendly forces. Ground controllers reported the shows of force to be successful.

Tarin Kowt, RC-S
U.S. A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The pilots conducted a show of presence, with flares launched, to deter enemy activity in vicinity of the friendly forces. Ground control confirmed the show of force was successful.

Monari, RC-E
F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The aircrews conducted shows of force when friendly forces reported receiving enemy small-arms fire. The shows of force were confirmed successful by ground controllers when enemy fire ceased.

Tirgari, RC-E
F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The aircrews conducted a show of force, with flares launched, to deter anti-Afghan activity and break hostile contact. Joint terminal attack controllers confirmed the show of force was successful.

F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The aircrews conducted a show of force, with flares launched, to deter anti-Afghan activity and break hostile contact. Joint terminal attack controllers confirmed the show of force was successful.

Chahar Bagh, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircrew provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces dismounted patrol and reconnaissance for suspicious activity in the area. The aircrew conducted a show of force to deter enemy fire on friendly forces when an attack seemed imminent. The show of force was declared successful by joint terminal attack controllers.

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircrew provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces dismounted patrol. The aircrew conducted a show of force to deter enemy fire against friendly forces. The show of force was declared successful by joint terminal attack controllers when enemy fire ceased.

Balocan, RC-S
U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircrews conducted shows of force, some with flares launched, that ground controllers reported as successful.

Airlift Action

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

Oruzgan Province, RC-S
U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III aircrews flew combat-resupply missions in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 33,000 pounds and 72,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Herat Province, RC-W
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a low-cost low-altitude combat-airdrop mission in Herat Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 1,200 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: 77
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 24

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 44
Sorties flown in Iraq: 28

On April 17
Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 188
Short tons of delivered cargo: 835
Passengers: approximately 3,700
Airdropped cargo: approximately 135,000 pounds

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 50
Fuel delivered: approximately 3.3 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 228

Personnel Recovery, Casualty Evacuation and Aero-medical Evacuations:
Casualty Evacuation -- Air Force Rescue Airmen transported 10 patients
Saves: 3
Assists: 7
Other: 0
Hero Flights: 0
Sorties flown to support OEF: 32
Sorties flown to support OIF: 10



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