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Airpower Summary: April 26

Release Number: 320410

4/28/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations April 26 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 friendly forces. Aircrews released precision-guided munitions on against an anti-Afghan forces vehicle to counter threats to friendly forces. The actions were confirmed successful by joint terminal attack controllers.

Asmar, RC-E
F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Friendly forces reported receiving enemy fire and passed confirmed enemy position coordinates to the aircraft. Aircrews released precision-guided munitions against enemy targets and neutralized them. Ground control confirmed the actions successful when enemy fire ceased.

Abchakan, RC-E
Coalition aircrews provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces patrol hit by an improvised explosive device. Aircrews conducted a show of force, with flares launched, to deter further enemy action in the area. Ground controllers declared the show of force successful when there was no further action.

Asadabad, RC-E
U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots and F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces and a friendly-forces convoy. Pilots and aircrews coordinated with joint terminal attack controllers and ground controllers to suppress and terminate enemy fire against the friendly forces. Precision-guided munitions were released and engagements were declared successful when the enemy positions were destroyed.

Chahar Bagh, RC-E
U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Pilots conducted a show of force, with flares launched, over an enemy firing point to deter enemy aggression. The show of force was confirmed successful by joint terminal attack controllers.

Mazar, RC-N
F-15E aircrews provided close air support and armed overwatch for friendly forces. Aircrews conducted shows of force, with flares launched, to deter possible enemy action. The shows of force were confirmed successful by ground controllers.

Bagram, RC-E
F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Aircrews conducted a show of force to deter enemy fire against friendly forces. The show of force was confirmed successful by ground controllers.

Kandahar, RC-S
Coalition aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Aircrews conducted shows of force to prevent the possibility of an ambush of a friendly-forces patrol. Improvised explosive devices were discovered at the ambush site after the shows of force dispersed enemy forces. The shows of force were confirmed successful by ground controllers.

Airlift Action

Farah Province, RC-W
U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrews flew combat-airdrop missions in Farah Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 12,000 pounds and 24,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Helmand Province, RC-E
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircrew flew a combat-airdrop mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 60,000 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 18,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Oruzgan Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 21,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Nimroz Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircrew flew a combat-airdrop mission in Nimroz Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 60,000 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: 69
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 26

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 40
Sorties flown in Iraq: 28

On April 25
Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 176
Short tons of delivered cargo: 848
Passengers: approximately 4,200
Airdropped cargo: approximately 195,000 pounds

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 42
Fuel delivered: approximately 2.6 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 170

Personnel Recovery, Casualty Evacuation and Aero-medical Evacuations:
Casualty Evacuation -- Air Force Rescue Airmen transported 12 patients
Saves: 5
Assists: 7
Other: 0
Hero Flights: 0
Sorties flown to support OEF: 24
Sorties flown to support OIF: 5



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