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Airpower Summary: April 25

Release Number: 300410

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

Air Operations in Afghanistan

Shkin, Regional Command-East
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces and a friendly-forces convoy. The aircrews conducted a successful `show of presence.

Asadabad, RC-E
U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer and F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces and friendly-forces convoys while providing armed reconnaissance. When friendly forces reported taking enemy fire from several locations, some reporting heavy machine gunfire, the B-1 aircrews confirmed coordinates of enemy fighting positions and released precision-guided munitions against the targets. The action destroyed the enemy machine gun position and an enemy cave position. The F-15E aircrews targeted another enemy fighting position that was firing against friendly forces and suppressed enemy fire with a well-placed precision-guided munition that destroyed the enemy position.

U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots provided armed overwatch and close air support for friendly forces and escorted numerous friendly-forces convoys. Pilots conducted a show of force to deter enemy-forces activity in the area. The show of force was confirmed successful by ground controllers. Later, additional F-16C pilots were in the area when friendly forces reported enemy rocket-propelled-grenade and small arms fire from several locations. Pilots targeted the enemy positions and released precision-guided munitions, destroying the enemy positions and suppressing enemy fire.

Tarin Kowt, RC-S
Coalition aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly. Aircrews conducted shows of force, with flares launched, to deter anti-Afghan activity in the vicinity of friendly forces. Ground control confirmed the shows of force were successful when enemy forces dispersed.

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots provided close air support for friendly forces. Pilots conducted shows of force, with flares launched, and deterred enemy actions while friendly forces were in the area.

Asmar, RC-E
U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots provided armed overwatch of friendly forces. When enemy forces fired against friendly forces with mortar fire, pilots released precision-guided munitions against enemy forces destroying the enemy mortar position and ending contact with enemy forces.

Airlift Action

Farah Province, RC-W
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircrew flew combat-resupply missions in Farah Province, Afghanistan, airdropping 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 combat airdrop missions in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, delivering approximately 30,000 pounds of sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Helmand Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew combat-resupply missions in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 26,000 pounds of combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces.

Oruzgan Province, RC-S
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew combat-resupply mission in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 21,000 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: 77
Sorties flown to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: 22

Surveillance & Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 43
Sorties flown in Iraq: 26

On April 24
Air Mobility:
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 170
Short tons of delivered cargo: 989
Passengers: approximately 3,200
Airdropped cargo: approximately 137,000 pounds

Aerial Refueling:
Sorties flown: 41
Fuel delivered: approximately 2.8 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 215

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: 21
Sorties flown to support OIF: 0



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