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    Airpower Summary for Oct. 12, 2008



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    United States Air Forces Central     

    By the U.S. Air Forces Central Command 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, Oct. 12, 2008, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials.

    In Afghanistan, an Air Force Predator MQ-1B fired a hellfire missile onto enemies of Afghanistan who were carrying a mortar in the vicinity of Mushan. The mission was declared successful by the Joint Terminal Attack Controller.

    Near Qal-E-Naw, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles dropped guided bomb unit-31s onto enemy fighting positions. The JTAC reported the mission successful.

    Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs performed shows of force near Lashkar Gah and Bagram to deter enemy activities. The missions were confirmed successful by the JTACs.

    Coalition aircraft conducted shows of force to deter enemy activities in the vicinity of Lashkar Gah, Sangin, and near Qal-E-Naw. The JTACs declared the missions successful.

    Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets performed a show of force in the vicinity of Shurakian to deter enemy activities. The mission was reported successful by the JTAC.

    F-15Es conducted shows of force to deter enemy activities in the vicinity of Orgun-E and Nangalam. The JTACs confirmed the missions successful.

    In total, 71 close air support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

    Fifteen Air Force surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, three Navy and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

    In Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 41 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 enemy activities.

    Twenty-seven Air Force and Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. Additionally, two Navy 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 139 airlift sorties were flown; more than 380 tons of cargo delivered, and more than 3,700 passengers were transported. This included approximately 94,400 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

    On Oct. 11, 2008, U.S. Air Force and coalition aerial refueling crews flew 55 sorties and off-loaded approximately 3.7 million pounds of fuel to 286 receiving aircraft.



    Date Taken: 10.12.2008
    Date Posted: 10.13.2008 09:24
    Story ID: 24895

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