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    Airpower Summary for October 11, 2008



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    United States Air Forces Central     

    By the U.S. Air Forces Central 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, October 11, 2008, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials.

    In Afghanistan, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles dropped guided bomb unit-31s and a GBU-38 onto anti-Afghan forces engaging coalition forces in the vicinity of Nangalam. Joint Terminal Attack Controllers confirmed the missions successful.

    In the vicinity of Shkin, an Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II dropped a GBU-38 onto anti-Afghan forces who were in the open. Furthermore, an A-10 conducted a show of force to deter anti-Afghan activity near Sheykhabad. The missions were declared successes by the JTACs.

    Navy F/A-18C Hornets dropped GBU-38s onto anti-Afghan forces near Qalat. Furthermore, F/A-18Cs performed shows of force to deter enemy activities near Shurakian and in the vicinity of Lashkar Gah. The JTACs reported the missions successful.

    An A-10 conducted a show of force near Ghazni to deter enemy activities. The mission was confirmed a success by the JTAC.

    In total, 70 close air support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

    Fourteen Air Force surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, four Navy and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

    In Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 42 close air support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions integrated and synchronized with coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided over watch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

    Thirty Air Force, Navy and coalition surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. Additionally, four Navy, and coalition 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 150 airlift sorties were flown; over 400 tons of cargo delivered, and more than 2,800 passengers were transported. This included approximately 207,000 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

    Coalition C-130 crews flew as part of operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.

    On October 10, 2008, U.S. Air Force and coalition aerial refueling crews flew 47 sorties and off-loaded approximately 3.3 million pounds of fuel to 248 receiving aircraft.



    Date Taken: 10.11.2008
    Date Posted: 10.12.2008 09:29
    Story ID: 24853

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