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    Airpower Summary for October 26, 2008



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    United States Air Forces Central     

    By the U.S. Air Forces Central

    SOUTHWEST ASIA - Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations, Oct. 26, 2008, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials.

    In Afghanistan, an Air Force B-1B Lancer dropped guided bomb unit-31s and GBU-38s onto a building in the vicinity of Now Zad where enemy fighters were firing rocket propelled grenades against coalition force. The mission was confirmed a success by the Joint Terminal Attack Controller.

    In the vicinity of Lashkar Gah and Kandahar, coalition aircraft performed shows of force to deter enemy activities. The JTACs reported the missions successful.

    Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs conducted shows of force to deter anti-Afghan forces activity in the areas near Orgun-E and in the vicinity of Sheykhabad. The missions were declared successful by the JTACs.

    In the vicinity of Kabul, an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle conducted a show of force to deter enemy activities. The JTAC confirmed the mission successful.

    A Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet fired cannon rounds onto enemy positions along a tree line in the vicinity of Sangin. The mission was confirmed a success by the JTAC.

    In total, 63 close air support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

    Sixteen 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 44 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, two 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 140 airlift sorties were flown; more than 400 tons of cargo delivered, and nearly 3,900 passengers were transported. This included approximately 60,000 pounds of troop re supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

    On Oct. 25, 2008, U.S. Air Force and coalition aerial refueling crews flew 49 sorties and off-loaded approximately 3.4 million pounds of fuel to 221 receiving aircraft.



    Date Taken: 10.26.2008
    Date Posted: 10.27.2008 18:27
    Story ID: 25611

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