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    Airpower Summary for June 6

    Airpower Summary for June 6

    Courtesy Photo | A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft moves into position to receive fuel May 27, 2008...... read more read more



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    United States Air Forces Central     

    By the U.S. Air Forces Central Public Affairs Office

    SOUTHWEST ASIA — Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations June 6, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

    In Afghanistan, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles performed shows of force in order to deter enemy activities in Bermel, Gardez, Kabul, and Khowst. Joint Terminal Attack Controllers confirmed the missions were successful.

    Near Bagram, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs dropped Guided Bomb Unit-12s to destroy enemy combatants. In addition, A-10s performed shows of force to deter further enemy activities. The JTAC reported the missions were successful.

    In Now Zad, F-15Es dropped GBU-12s to destroy enemy combatants. The JTAC declared the mission successful.

    An Air Force B-1B Lancer dropped GBU-31s to destroy an enemy staging area. The JTAC confirmed the mission was successful.

    In total, 52 close air support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

    Twelve Air Force and Royal 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, coalition aircraft flew 56 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-two Air Force and Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. Additionally, nine Air Force, Navy, and Royal Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

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

    Approximately 131 airlift sorties were flown; 505 tons of cargo delivered, and 2,867 passengers were transported. This included approximately 108,600 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

    On June 5, U.S. Air Force, French, and Royal Air Force aerial refueling crews flew 53 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.7 million pounds of fuel to 228 receiving aircraft.



    Date Taken: 06.07.2008
    Date Posted: 06.07.2008 09:16
    Story ID: 20203

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