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    Airpower Summary for Oct. 16, 2008

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    10.16.2008

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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. 16, 2008, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials.

    In Afghanistan, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fired cannon rounds and rockets onto enemy fighters who were attacking coalition forces with small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades near Kabul. The Joint Terminal Attack Controller declared the mission successful.

    In the vicinity of Lashkar Gah, coalition aircraft dropped a guided bomb unit-12 onto enemy fighters firing upon friendly forces with small arms fire. The mission was confirmed successful by the JTAC.

    Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets fired cannon rounds and dropped a GBU-12 and GBU-38s onto a compound containing enemies of Afghanistan. The JTAC reported the mission successful.

    A-10s performed shows of force to deter enemy activities near Kabul. The mission was declared successful by the JTAC.

    Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles conducted shows of force near Kabul to deter enemy activities. The JTACs confirmed the missions successful.

    Coalition aircraft performed a show of force to deter enemy activities in the vicinity of Lashkar Gah. The mission was reported successful by the JTAC.

    Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets conducted a show of force in the vicinity of Lashkar Gah to deter enemy activities. The JTAC declared the mission successful.

    Navy F/A-18C Hornets performed a show of force to deter enemy activities in the vicinity of Sangin. The mission was confirmed successful by the JTAC.

    In total, 72 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 performed shows of force to deter enemy activities in the vicinity of Baqubah. The JTAC confirmed the mission successful.

    In total, coalition aircraft flew 27 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.

    Twenty-seven Air Force and Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq.

    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 115 airlift sorties were flown; 683 tons of cargo delivered, and 2,564 passengers were transported. This included approximately 28,210 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

    On Oct. 15, 2008, U.S. Air Force and coalition aerial refueling crews flew 53 sorties and off-loaded approximately 3.3 million pounds of fuel to 246 receiving aircraft.

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    Date Taken: 10.16.2008
    Date Posted: 10.17.2008 09:29
    Story ID: 25138
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