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    Airpower Summary for March 3

    AFGHANISTAN

    03.04.2008

    Courtesy Story

    United States Air Forces Central     

    By Central Air force

    SOUTHWEST ASIA — Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations March 3, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials.

    In Afghanistan, an Air Force MQ-9A Reaper fired hellfire missiles in order to destroy enemy combatants in Garmser. The Joint Terminal Attack Controller confirmed that the mission was successful.

    An Air Force B-1B Lancer and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs dropped Guided Bomb Unit-12s, 31s, and 38s in order to destroy enemy combatants and enemy firing positions in Now Zad. The JTAC reported that the missions were successful.

    In order to deter enemy activities A-10s performed shows of force in Lwara and Khowst. The missions were declared successful by the JTAC.

    In Bermel, an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle performed a show of force in order to deter enemy activities. The JTAC confirmed that the mission was successful.

    In Musa Qala, a British GR.9 performed a show of force in order to deter enemy activities. The JTAC reported the mission a success.

    In total, 46 close air support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

    Seven Air Force surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, two Royal air force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

    In Iraq, Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets dropped a GBU-12 and 38s in order to destroy enemy rocket positions in Basrah. The missions were declared successful by the JTAC.

    In Basrah, an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon performed a show of force in order to deter enemy activities. The JTAC confirmed that the mission was successful.

    In total, coalition aircraft flew 43 close air support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions integrated and synchronized coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided over watch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

    Twenty-six Air Force, Navy, Royal Australian air force surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. Additionally, 6 Navy and Royal air force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

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

    Approximately 125 airlift sorties were flown; 586 tons of cargo delivered, and 2,930 passengers were transported. This included approximately 48,000 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

    On Mar. 2, U.S. Air Force and Royal air force aerial refueling crews flew 46 sorties and off-loaded approximately 3.0 million pounds of fuel to 273 receiving aircraft.

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    Date Taken: 03.04.2008
    Date Posted: 03.04.2008 13:30
    Story ID: 16992
    Location: AF

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