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Airpower Summary: April 24

Release Number: 290410

4/27/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations April 24 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Air Operations in Afghanistan

Asadabad, Regional Command-East
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces and escort for a friendly-forces convoy. Friendly forces reported receiving enemy small-arms fire and aircrews conducted a show of force to deter enemy activity. Later, the F-15E aircrews released precision-guided munitions against enemy fighting position, which ended enemy fire. Joint terminal attack controllers declared all actions successful.

Gereshk, RC-E
Coalition aircrews provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces convoy and friendly-forces patrol. Aircrews conducted shows of force to break contact with enemy forces when friendly forces reported taking enemy fire. The shows of force were confirmed successful by ground controllers. The aircrews also provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces convoy that had encountered an improvised explosive device.

Ghazni, RC-E
U. S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots and F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Aircrews and pilots conducted shows force to deter anti-Afghan activity. Ground controllers declared the shows of force successful.

Remak, RC-E
U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Pilots conducted a show of force, with flares launched, when Afghan forces reported enemy small-arms fire at a nearby compound. The show of force was declared successful by ground controllers.

Asmar, RC-E
F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Aircrews conducted a show of presence to reassure friendly forces. The show of presence was confirmed successful by ground controllers.

Airlift Action

Paktika Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 11,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew also flew a low-cost low-altitude combat-airdrop mission in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 1,200 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Zabul Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-airdrop mission in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 35,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Oruzgan Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-airdrop mission in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 35,000 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:

Al Hillah
U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces convoy and observed several areas for suspicious activity. They also conducted a show of force to discourage enemy activitiy.

Air Power Statistics:

Close Air Support:
Sorties flown to support ISAF & Afghan security forces: 62
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 18

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 42
Sorties flown in Iraq: 25

On April 23
Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 179
Short tons of delivered cargo: 758
Passengers: approximately 3,100
Airdropped cargo: approximately 83,000 pounds

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 44
Fuel delivered: approximately 2.7 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 221

Personnel Recovery, Casualty Evacuation and Aero-medical Evacuations:
Casualty Evacuation -- Air Force Rescue Airmen transported 11 patients
Saves: 5
Assists: 6
Other: 0
Hero Flights: 0
Sorties flown to support OEF: 27
Sorties flown to support OIF: 0



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