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    Airpower Summary for Jan. 2

    Predator on the move

    Photo By Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Snyder | An Air Force MQ-1B Predator from the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron takes...... read more read more



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    United States Air Forces Central     

    U.S. Central Command Air Forces Public Affairs

    SOUTHWEST ASIA — Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations, Jan. 2, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials.

    In Afghanistan, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles conducted air strikes against enemy structures with Guided Bomb Unit-31s and GBU-38s in Gereshk. The joint terminal attack controller reported the mission a success.

    In the same area, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs engaged enemy combatants with a GBU-12 and cannon rounds. The mission was reported as successful by the JTAC.

    An Air Force MQ-1B Predator targeted enemy combatants with a Hellfire missile in Deh Rawod. The JTAC reported the strike as a success.

    Cannon rounds, fired by F-15Es, were used against enemy combatants in Gereshk. The mission was reported as a success.

    Shows of force were performed by a French Mirage-2000 in Musa Qala and Now Zad. Another show of force was conducted by a Royal Air Force Harrier GR-9 in Gereshk. In Jalalabad, a show of force was performed by an F-15E. Shows of force are used to deter enemy activities. These missions were reported as successful.

    In total, 42 close air support missions were flown in support of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

    Seven Air Force and Royal Air Force Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.

    In Iraq, Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets targeted improvised explosive devices with GBU-38s in Baghdad. The JTAC reported that the IEDs were successful destroyed.

    An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon performed shows of force in Baghdad and Samarra. The shows of force were performed to deter enemy activities in the areas.

    A Royal Air Force Tornado GR-7 conducted a show of force to deter enemy activities in Basrah. The mission was reported as a success.

    In total, coalition aircraft flew 62 close air support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions supported coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided overwatch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

    Twenty-one Air Force and Navy Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Additionally, six Navy and Royal Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

    U.S. Air Force C-130s and C-17s provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping to sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.

    Approximately 143 airlift sorties were flown; 453 tons of cargo were delivered, and 2,751 passengers were transported. This included approximately 6,000 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

    Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada, Iraq, Japan and Korea flew in support of operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.

    On Jan. 1, U.S. Air Force, French and Royal Air Force aerial refueling crews flew 41 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.8 million pounds of fuel to 221 receiving aircraft.



    Date Taken: 01.02.2008
    Date Posted: 01.03.2008 12:06
    Story ID: 15158

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